This year Blakedown turns 50, celebrating 50 years of service. Over the course of half-a-century, they have delivered hundreds of projects across London. They have won multiple awards, year on year, for consistently delivering high-quality projects.
CEO Stephen Buckingham said:
“I am delighted that Blakedown has hit this milestone. During this time we have built up extensive knowledge and experience that spans all sectors from local authorities, Royal Parks, commercial, schools and universities to high-end luxury developers.” “It has been a pleasure to work with such incredible people on such incredible projects. This would not be possible without such a dedicated team that work at Blakedown to make projects go from paper plans to reality”.
Blakedown’s most recent welfare project won a silver medal at the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Flower Show. Collaborating with Emma Reed from Reed Studio and the designers of the ‘Mr Men, Little Miss’ series, they built the award-winning project ‘Mr Happy, Mr Worry Hill’, to raise awareness for the charity, Children with Cancer UK. With a range of innovative projects, to be completed in 2019, Blakedown continues to build and transform spaces across London and the UK.
This multi-award-winning scheme, designed by Gillespies, involved importing more than 600m3 of topsoil, 100 tree ferns, 15,000 shrubs, 70 mature trees and 2000m2 of unique black granite to the site. Blakedown carried out all works for this project, including the craning of all material through the gap in the timber beam roof. The innovative space offers a unique climate with a partly covered roof; specialist planting plays a key role in the journey across the garden.
Natural History Museum
Working closely with Wilder Associates. The aim of this project was to transform the southern entrance of the Natural History Museum. This large forecourt, which was previously a sea of tarmac, has been given the dignity that it deserves, paved in elegant arcs of porphyry stone setts. The scheme looks immediately in keeping with the heritage of the building, so much so, that many visitors will hardly recognise it as a new landscape.
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens
Working closely with Wyne Williams Associates This Heritage Lottery funded project involved extensive upgrading to a range of landscape features and building elements in this busy seaside resort. This included tasks such as new paving, fencing and lighting, the construction and reconfiguration of garden spaces and the creation of a coastal view ‘Lookout’. The largest element of the building works was the complete restoration of existing Butterfly Shelters, allowing them to match the original design intent featuring a timber penny-boarded roof, timber seat supports and slats along with Iroko seat back and glazed panels.