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STUDENT AWARD - DOMESTIC

SPONSORED BY LONDON STONE

 

Joint Winner: Victoria Chesterfield

 

Project:  Woodcombe Crescent

 

What the judges said: “A strong, elegant design with a clear narrative that takes you on an interesting journey through the garden.  A cohesive theme throughout with some exciting cantilever elements.”

STUDENT AWARD - DOMESTIC

SPONSORED BY LONDON STONE

 

Joint Winner:  Jane Finlay

 

Project:  The Restorative Garden

 

What the judges said: “A good use of space and interpretation of the brief.  The theming was bold, without feeling imposed. Strong graphics that enhanced the narrative, including some very useful sectional elevations”

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

SPONSORED BY HOMES & GARDENS

 

Winner:  Karena Batstone MSGD

 

Project:  Clifton Courtyard Garden

 

The People’s Choice Award is run in conjunction with the SGD Awards media partner Homes & Gardens magazine.  Clifton Courtyard Garden was designed by Karena Batstone MSGD and was voted favourite garden among 17 shortlisted gardens in a public vote by SGD members, Homes & Garden readers and the general public.

FUTURE DESIGNER

SPONSORED BY DEEPDALE TREES

 

Winner:  Daniel Shea

 

Project:  Game Keeper’s Cottage, Hertfordshire

 

Contractor: Burnham Landscaping Ltd

 

What the judges said: “"An exceptional design that met the client’s brief in a bold yet sympathetic way. The design of the garden helps unify the new build into the existing site and complements both the old and the new.  The articulation of space is handled with great competence and the strong, yet soft architectural planting links everything together and softens any hard lines."

HISTORIC GARDEN RESTORATION

SPONSORED BY CROWN PAVILLIONS

 

Winner:  Lulu Urquhart & Adam Hunt and the Walled Kitchen Garden Network

 

Project:  The Walled Kitchen Garden Fulham Palace

 

What the judges said: “There is sense of wonder stepping into the walled garden of Fulham Palace now. It is a garden that has regained its purpose, with vegetables and fruit in abundance.  Sensitive and intelligent choices have been made, both with the plants and the use of the space.  The research and the careful attention to the past, whilst acknowledging the present use of the garden,  has resulted in a thoughtful and exciting restoration.”

HARDSCAPE

SPONSORED BY HARDSCAPE

 

Winner:  Gavin McWilliam & Andrew Wilson FSGD

 

Project:  Notting Hill Terraces

 

Contractor:  Gardenlink Ltd

 

What the judges said: “Beautifully laid out and finished with excellent detailing.  Materials blend and compliment each other very well and give the garden a comfortable feel in the wider surroundings."

PAPER LANDSCAPES

SPONSORED BY COUNTRY SUPPLIES

 

Winner:  Dan Lobb MSGD

 

Project:  Wishhanger

 

What the judges said: “A design that seamlessly blends the landscape with the architecture in a sensitive very beautiful way.  An extremely accomplished piece of work that shows great sensitivity to the landscape."

HEALING OR LEARNING GARDEN

SPONSORED BY EASIGRASS™ DISTRIBUTION LTD

 

Winner:  Chris Parsons MSGD

 

Project:  Ashgate Hospicecare Gardens

 

What the judges said: “A pleasing design that considers the purpose and longevity of the garden.  A design that offers great value for money."

PLANTING DESIGN

SPONSORED BY BARCHAM TREES PLC

 

Winner:   Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD

 

Project:  The Hermitage

 

Contractor:  The Cotswold Garden Company

 

What the judges said: “The clever planting in this garden is both bold and romantic, with a colour palate that works with the stone of the house, and the rolling hills of Somerset. The strong rhythm and movement in the borders adds drama and excitement. The plants are used to create height, levels and screens, revealing and hiding the wonderful views."

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SPONSORED BY ALITEX

 

Awarded to:  Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD

 

Awarded by the Council of the Society of Garden Designers.

 

The SGD Council said: “Christopher Bradley-Hole FSGD has been at the cutting edge of the garden design industry since the mid 1990’s.  His contemporary RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning gardens of 1997, 2000 and 2001 lead the direction of garden design into a  new era and inspired us all. His work has raised the profile of the garden design profession and the importance of garden design in the planning of new buildings and urban spaces. We are delighted to be able to honour him with this Award."

BIG IDEAS, SMALL BUDGET

SPONSORED BY MILLBOARD

 

Winner:  Joanne Willcocks

 

Project:  Lakeside Garden

 

Contractors:  Rick Morris

 

What the judges said: “A beautifully effortless garden designed to enhance a lovely view.  A strong, simple and incredibly effective idea that contrasts with the neighbouring garden."

SMALL RESIDENTIAL GARDEN

SPONSORED BY STONEMARKET

 

Winner:  Andy Sturgeon FSGD

 

Project:  Riverside Garden

 

Contractor:  The Outdoor Room

 

What the judges said: “A very pleasing garden with lots of interesting details  without feeling overworked. Clever use of space for a difficult plot.  Has a wonderful Mediterranean feel."

GARDEN JEWEL

SPONSORED BY BRETT LANDSCAPES

 

Winner:  Andrew Wenham MSGD

 

Project:  Tiny Chelsea Garden

 

What the judges said: “A tiny haven that feels both enclosed and expansive. Clever, cost-effective use of a very awkward space  with simple, pleasing elements."

ROOF GARDEN

SPONSORED BY GAVIN JONES LTD

 

Winner:  Gavin McWilliam & Andrew Wilson FSGD

 

Project: Notting Hill Terraces

 

Contractor:  Gardenlink Ltd

 

What the judges said: “A garden that felt like an oasis ibn the city.  Quiet and reserved but with characterful details. Give substance and a sense of place to a redundant plot.  Very pleasing proportions that work well in the setting."

MEDIUM RESIDENTIAL GARDEN

SPONSORED BY CAPITAL GARDEN PRODUCTS

 

Winner:  Andy Sturgeon FSGD

 

Project:  Sussex House

 

Contractor:  The Outdoor Room

 

What the judges said: “Beautiful swathes of Wild flowers.  Uninhibited views of the landscape. Very impressive garden. Relates to the landscape.  Answers the brief and has really engaged the clients. Imaginative planting palette and scale of planting used.  Clever use of site line.  Really good example of planting design and how it relates to the landscape."

STUDENT AWARD - COMMERCIAL

SPONSORED BY BRITISH SUGAR TOPSOIL

 

Winner:  Richard Riddell

 

Project:  The Royal William Yard Gardens

 

What the judges said: “A very balanced design which felt very responsive to it’s site. The designer has a clear understanding of how to organise space both contained and open.  Excellent graphics which allowed for a very readable plan.  A very competent and comprehensive presentation."

DESIGNING FOR COMMUNITY SPACE

SPONSORED BY BOURNE AMENITY

 

Winner: Dan Lobb MSGD

 

Project: Breaker’s Yard

 

Contractor:  Stewart Landscape Construction

 

What the judges said:An intriguing space. Fantastic design that has been very well handled. Characterful touches that really engage the community"

INTERNATIONAL AWARD

SPONSORED BY LANDFORM CONSULTANTS

 

Winner: Tommaso del Buono MSGD

 

Project:  Château in Provence

 

Contractor:  Fredon Paysages

 

What the judges said: “Clearly presented, self confident piece of landscape architecture.  Outstanding organisation of space that works well in the setting. Handled with great competence on all levels. Very useable garden on a human scale. Very accomplished. "

 

PUBLIC OR COMMERCIAL OUTDOOR SPACE

SPONSORED BY CED NATURAL STONE

 

Winner: Gavin McWilliam & Andrew Wilson FSGD

 

Project: Kents Hill Park

 

Contractor:  Kings Landscapes

 

What the judges said: “A very well thought out design that works extremely well in its setting.  Great selection of plants and complimentary materials.  Good use of planting to create interesting levels and space around the building. A worthy winner."

LARGE RESIDENTIAL GARDEN

SPONSORED BY  GAZE BURVILL

 

Winner:  Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD

 

Project:  The Hermitage

 

Contractor:  The Cotswold Garden Company

 

What the judges said: A garden that uses levels very successfully.  A playful design with excellent planting. Sophisticated interpretation of the classic style with good treatment with views. Responds beautifully to the landscape. A very competent design."

The SGD Awards 2016 Winners

Tommaso del Buono MSGD and Dan Lobb MSGD have taken the two most prestigious awards at the Society of Garden Designers’ fifth annual awards ceremony, receiving the Grand Award and Judges' Awards respectively in front of an audience of almost 400 guests. The accolades were presented at a ceremony at The Landmark Hotel in London where 21 awards were announced including recognition for community garden projects, international schemes, excellence in public and commercial outdoor space and the SGD lifetime achievement award. There was also a special award for SGD Fellow John Brookes MBE FSGD

 

See the full list of winners and the Judges' comments below.  Please click on the images to enlarge and scroll through

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SPECIAL AWARD

SPONSORED BY DAVID HARBER

 

Awarded to: John Brookes MBE FSGD

 

Awarded by: The Council of the Society of Garden Designers

 

The SGD were delighted to award John Brookes MBE FSGD, one of the Society's most inspiration Fellows, a special Award at the SGD Awards Ceremony for his contribution to the industry.

THE JUDGES' AWARD

SPONSORED BY HARROD HORTICULTURAL

 

Winner:  Dan Lobb MSGD

 

Project:  Breaker’s Yard

 

Contractor:  Stewart Landscape Construction

 

What the judges said:An intriguing space. Fantastic design that has been very well handled. Characterful touches that really engage the community.."

Harrod Horticultural

THE GRAND AWARD

SPONSORED BY GABRIEL ASH

 

Winner:  Tommaso del Buono MSGD

 

Project:  Château in Provence

 

Contractor:  Fredon Paysages

 

What the judges said: “Clearly presented, self confident piece of landscape architecture.  Outstanding organisation of space that works well in the setting. Handled with great competence on all levels. Very useable garden on a human scale. Very accomplished. "

Gabriel Ash
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