Photography: LDA Design
LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates, Arup and Atkins for Olympic Parklands and Public Realm
This year’s President’s Award has gone to LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates, Arup and Atkins for its work on the Olympic Park. Unusually, it has won this award although not winning the category for which it was submitted (design over 5ha). This is because the unusual nature of the park was such that it did not satisfy the exacting criteria of the category for which it was entered — although the project had been completed more than a year ago it had not been in continuous use since then. How could it have been in continuous use, when it was locked off from the public for all but the periods of the Olympic and Paralympic Games? And the scheme that was submitted — just before the opening of the games — is one that no longer exists in detail, as work has now started on the transformation phase of the project.
The President’s Award is a recognition not only of the special nature of the project, but also of the extraordinary achievement that it represents.
Lead landscape architect, masterplan and detail design: LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates. Landscape engineer, EIA co ordination: Atkins.
Landscape engineer: Arup.
Client: London Legacy Development Corporation (formerly Olympic Delivery Authority).
Design management: Buro Four.
Ecologist: LDA Design Ecology.
Horticulture: University of Sheffield.
Garden designer: Sarah Price.
Lighting designer: Sutton Vane Associates.
Accessibility consultant: CAE.
Arts commissioning: Modus Operandi.
Maintenance & management plan: ETM Associates, TEP.
Mountain bike track: Trails Inc.
Sue Illman president of the Landscape Institute, writes:
‘The challenge for the Olympic Park was to become Europe’s most significant landscape project for a generation, through the transformation of this part of the Lower Lea Valley. However, LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates, Arup and Atkins, and their project team created something even more special, a landscape that quite simply engaged the public through its beauty and the pleasure of being there, enhanced of course, by the magic of the Olympics. It is rare that a project can attract so many superlatives and such a consensus as to its achievements, whilst also providing practical lessons in restoration, sustainability, regeneration and the art of the possible. In selecting this project for the President’s Award I salute the skill, determination and commitment of the project team in delivering an Olympic Park that inspired us all, and made the country proud.’
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