21 March 2012
Landscape Institute chooses 2012, an extraordinary year for landscape, to publish its first ever guide for clients
It is no coincidence that as we await the unveiling of the Olympic Park, Europe's most significant landscape project for a generation, that the Landscape Institute has chosen 2012 as the year in which to publish its first ever guide for clients. As the dramatic transformation of the once derelict brownfield site in East London is revealed the Institute hopes to capitalise on the excitement surrounding this flagship landscape project to highlight the diverse work being undertaken by landscape architects both here and abroad. As well as featuring work on the Olympic Park, Landscape Architecture – A guide for clients showcases the extensive skills and knowledge landscape architects bring to projects large and small.
Alastair McCapra, Chief Executive of the Landscape Institute, said: "There is a lot of talk about increasing investment in our infrastructure. In the year that London hosts the greatest show on earth, it is fantastic that our world city has three show-stopping schemes - the Olympics, Kings Cross and Exhibition Road - in which investing in landscape has provided great new places for tourists, students and Londoners."
Speaking about the impact on the industry of the projects being unveiled this year Ian Houlston from LDA Design said: "This is a significant year for landscape architecture – add together the London 2012 Olympic Park, Granary Square, Leicester Square, Jubilee Gardens – the change in the face of London is outstanding. As landscape professionals become more involved in major infrastructure projects such as high speed rail, motorways and wind power, the role of the landscape architect is becoming increasingly appreciated for its ability to plan and deliver sustainable development whilst protecting and enhancing our rich and varied landscape assets."
Landscape Architecture – A guide for clients features 38 exemplar projects across housing, regeneration, tourism and culture, infrastructure, flood management, heritage, energy and health. From Groundwork's small community food garden in Birmingham; Studio Engleback's work for Kevin McCloud's Triangle development and work by LUC on the Eden Project. Massive urban regeneration and infrastructure projects are featured, including the London 2012 Olympic Park design lead by LDA Design.Hargreaves with significant contributions from Arup, Atkins, AECOM and Capita Symonds as well as Hyland Edgar Drivers' work on the Olympic Stadium island site and SLR Consulting's work for North West Coast Connections. The guide demonstrates the full scope of work being undertaken by landscape architects today.
In the Cotswolds, England's largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Conservation Board appointed LDA Design to help contribute to the management plan to ensure this dynamic rural landscape, which spans numerous local authorities and over 3,000 land holdings, does not suffer from a fragmented approach to its future management. Speaking as a client, Mark Connelly, Cotswolds Conservation Board Land Management Officer, said: "With an ability to see 'the bigger picture', as well as to orchestrate responses to complex environmental, social and economic drivers, landscape professionals are perhaps uniquely placed to help shape our future countryside."
Whether masterplanning, design, assessment, consultation, strategic planning, project management or as leaders of multi-disciplinary teams the guide for clients highlights the professions ability to bring vision, technical excellence and creative problem-solving skills to a project; and to deliver added value whilst driving economic and social prosperity.
In Liverpool Tyler Grange LLP was commissioned to undertake a landscape and visual impact assessment and to provide tall building advice as part of the East Float Wirral Waters regeneration project. After four years of thorough engagement and masterplanning the scheme received planning approval. The £4.5 billion investment offers the hope of 20,000 new jobs in the next 30 years.
In Islington, North London Remapp Landscape Architects designed a different kind of green roof for Arundel Square. By decking over the original Victorian railway cutting the firm concealed 108 metres of railway track, created over an acre of new land for the London borough with the least amount of public green space, and came up with an effective solution to combat the almost constant noise from the railway for the residents on the other three sides of the square.
Speaking about the London 2012 Olympic Park achievement Peter Neal CMLI, landscape design advisor to the Olympic Delivery Authority since London won the bid, said: "Delivering a sustainable legacy for east London was at the heart of London's winning Olympic Bid. From early regeneration frameworks, through masterplanning to detailed design, work on the Olympic Park has been led by landscape architects. They have created both a stunning setting for the 2012 Games and a rich and dynamic environmental infrastructure to serve existing and new communities for generations to come."
The concept, detailed design; management of complex multi-phased planning submissions and co-ordination of the external works and landscape architecture for the 2012 Olympic Park from inception to handover was completed and overseen by LDA.Hargreaves with support from the Landscape Engineering Teams of Atkins and Arup. Located on an island site in the south of the Olympic Park, and reached by one of five bridges, the Olympic Stadium is the main venue of the 2012 Games and Paralympics. Hyland Edgar Driver was responsible for delivering the external works.
Landscape Architecture – A guide for clients contains two stunning images of the London 2012 Olympic Park. On the front cover is a view of the North Park landscape and Velodrome building from one of the Park's bridges courtesy of LDA Design, Hargreaves Associates, Arup, Atkins and Aecom. The inside front cover shows the view of the Park looking south towards the Stadium courtesy of the Olympic Deliver Authority and Anthony Charlton.
To view Landscape Architecture – A guide for clients visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/registeredpractices/index.php