Landscape Institute announces 2020’s LI Award-winning projects

2020’s winners highlight landscape’s power to transform the world for the better; retrofitting public green space, reimagining public realm, revitalising high streets, and building resilience and sustainability into our cities and spaces

2020 has been a difficult year; but it hasn’t changed the fact that the climate and biodiversity crises are the biggest challenges of our lifetime. And with the importance of public green spaces highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the transformative power of landscape is at the forefront of public thought and policy like never before.

On 26 November 2020, people from around the world tuned in to the Landscape Institute’s first ever online Annual Awards ceremony. No stranger to the small screen, presenter Julia Bradbury welcomed attendees: setting the scene for a unique virtual afternoon by discussing the delicate balance between people, place and nature and the crucial need to create habitats in which all flourish.

See the full list of winners here.

Building with Nature National Award 2020
Forth Valley Hospital and Larbert Woods

Landscape Innovation Award
Thinking with my ears: Guidance on sound for Landscape Architects
Usue Ruiz Arana

Partnership and Collaboration Award
The Children’s Garden, Kew Gardens
Ground Control Ltd & Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

The Da Sha River Ecological Corridor in Shenzhen, China won the Dame Sylvia Crowe International Award. The only natural river in Nanshan District, Da Sha River is considered as the important catalyst in the development of the district and Shenzhen City as a whole
Da Sha River: A diversified urban river bank sequence and urban water bank environment brings the river back to the city and memories back to peoples’ lives. © AECOM

The Dame Sylvia Crowe International Award
Da Sha River Ecological Corridor, Shenzen, China

Excellence in Community Engagement
Data and Design for Property Planning
Jenny Elliott (CMLI)

Excellence in Flood and Water Management
Eastcote Town Centre Rain Gardens
Project Centre

Excellence in Heritage and Culture
Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland
The Paul Hogarth Company Limited

Excellence in Horticulture and Planting Design
The Water Gardens, Hyde Park Estate, London
Refolo Landscape Architects

Excellence in Landscape and Parks Management
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London Legacy Development Corporation

Excellence in Landscape Construction
The Green Heart, University of Birmingham
Churchman Thornhill Finch

Excellence in Landscape Design
The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Glasgow
erz Ltd

Excellence in Landscape Planning and Assessment
South Essex Green and Blue Infrastructure Study
Alexandra Steed URBAN Ltd

Excellence in Masterplanning and Urban Design
Waterbeach Barracks and Airfield
Bradley Murphy Design Ltd (BMD)

Excellence in Place Regeneration
Urban Childhoods Belfast City Centre

Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing
Gallions Park Play Area, Thamesmead

Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure
Sauchiehall Street Avenue, Glasgow
Urban Movement Limited

Facilitating contact with nature for the very young at Cator Park, Kidbrooke
© Berkeley Homes

Sir David Attenborough Award for Enhancing Biodiversity and LI President’s Award
Cator Park, Kidbrooke HTA Design LLP

Excellence in Tackling Climate Change
South Essex Green and Blue Infrastructure Study
Alexandra Steed URBAN Ltd

Landscape Legacy Award
Brian Clouston

Student Dissertation
Climate change policy at the local level, does it go far enough?
Rosie Hammonds, University of Sheffield

Student Portfolio
Pomona Island Ecological Park and Botanical Gardens
Beatrice Freeman, Leeds Beckett University

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