Ground Control and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Win Landscape Institute Partnership and Collaboration Award
The Children’s Garden at Kew was award winning as an example of how the collaboration of clients, designers and contractors as a single team ethos can design, detail and deliver a scheme that showcases the blending of play and landscape in such a unique setting.
The judges’ comments praised the scheme, stating, “The Children’s Garden project is a strong example of partnership and collaboration across a range of disciplines. The team should be congratulated for their efforts in working together to achieve such a strong, community-positive project outcome. The result is an exceptional, innovative project that sets an excellent precedent for playground design, and illustrates what can be achieved in a very sensitive site with a professional landscape design team.”
Since the opening of the Children’s Garden in May 2019, Kew has seen a 23% increase in visitor numbers, making it the most visited garden, and outdoor attraction, in the UK. The scheme was also recognised by BALI as ' landscaping at its very best' when the project won the prestigious Grand Award in 2019.
The Landscape Institute had another record-breaking year for entries for their first virtual awards ceremony, which was held online on Thursday 26th November. Ground Control were not only winners but also finalists in two other categories; Excellence in Landscape Design and Excellence in Landscape Construction.
Alistair Wallace, Ground Control’s Construction Director, said: