A scheme that demonstrates mastery of ‘a colossal engineering and landscaping challenge’ has won the Grand Award for Frosts Landscape Construction Limited at the 2015 BALI National Landscape Awards, which took place in London today, 4th December. The BALI Awards’ Adjudication Panel, chaired by Greg Allen, unanimously selected 3 Merchant Square, in the Paddington Basin regeneration area of London, as the scheme that above all others entered in this year’s Awards exemplifies BALI Registered Contractor skill and professionalism in all its facets.
Held annually at London’s Grosvenor House in Park Lane, the BALI National Landscape Awards sponsored Green-tech, recognize excellence in landscape design, construction and maintenance achieved by registered members of the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI). Over 108 entries were received this year and a total of 78 awards made. This year’s Awards ceremony was hosted by comedian and actor Miles Jupp who entertained guests during the luncheon and joined Awards sponsors on the stage to present the 27 Principal and Special Awards to BALI members. The presentation of the Grand Award to Aiden Lane and Gareth Kinsella of Frosts Landscape Construction was made by sponsor Green-tech’s Chairman Richard Kay.
The Awards were attended by over 870 BALI members and guests, which is another record attendance. Guests included Mark Camley, director of Park Operations at the London Legacy Development Corporation; Carol Paris, chief executive of the Horticultural Trades Association; Andrew Gill, president of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture; Philippa O’Brien, chairman of the Society of Garden Designers; and RHS medal-winning garden designer Jack Dunckley.
Frosts Landscape Construction, based in Milton Keynes, received the Grand Award – BALI’s highest accolade – for the scheme at 3 Merchant Square, London W2. This scheme, which forms part of the Paddington Basin regeneration, was particularly challenging, requiring the project management of major engineering works prior to implementation of a complex landscape design. Materials reminiscent of the area’s engineering past were expertly incorporated into the design and included sections of cast iron used as retaining walls and edging .
Commenting on the company’s achievement, chair of the adjudication panel Greg Allen said:
“This scheme was a delight to judge and an early contender for the Grand Award. The client’s requirement for the landscaping to reflect the quality of the residential and commercial space it surrounds has resulted in a level of attention to detail that is quite remarkable over such an extensive area. Every aspect of the construction has been carried out with precision and represents the very best in hard landscaping. The adjudication panel is delighted to award BALI’s highest accolade to Frosts Landscape Construction for an exemplary scheme.”
A full list and description of each award winner is available by clicking here.
The charities chosen to benefit from a collection at this year’s BALI Awards were Greenfingers , which builds gardens for children’s hospices across the UK, and the BALI Chalk Fund, which supports education and training in the landscape sector. A total of £4656.33 was collected during the luncheon and will be divided equally between the two charities.