Hardscape was extremely proud once again to be the Headline Sponsor of such a prestigious event in the Landscape calendar with the Institute’s first ever online ceremony!

Announced on Thursday 25th November 2021’s winners highlighted landscape’s power to transform the world for the better; retrofitting public green space, reimagining public realm, revitalising high streets, and building resilience and sustainability into our cities and spaces.

People from around the world tuned in to the Landscape Institute’s online Annual Awards ceremony.  Judges from bodies like Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Public Health England selected 19 winners from a 73-project shortlist that featured developments from across the globe.

Presented by Hannah Jackson, farmer and public figure, with a keynote speech from celebrated architect, Indy Johar, the awards showcased the best in sustainable and resilient design

“The world is beginning to pay attention to the important work champions of this industry are doing,” said Landscape Institute President Jane Findlay. “The awards this year combat issues that have arisen from the pandemic, such as vacant buildings and mental wellbeing. Nearly every project also includes some form of rewilding, which we so desperately need to address the current biodiversity crisis. These projects should be used as shining examples of what should be common practice across all landscape projects moving forward.”

Anthony Collins, Sales Director of Hardscape, gave an inspiring Headline Sponsors speech commenting:

Anthony Collins, Sales Director at Hardscape, said: “We are committed to supporting the Landscape Institute in many ways and are passionate about helping you as professionals to meet ambitious low-carbon targets in your schemes. The great news is that we know we can assist you even further by adding more intrigue and creativity in a space, by using innovative surface embellishment techniques to “make your own mark” – uniquely and relevantly to the brief – and taking projects to the next level and beyond. Together, with you, the landscape profession, we can continue to promote best practice across the industry, and make sure our projects reach the highest possible standards and continue to be award worthy.”

Hardscape were also proud category sponsors of the Excellence in Place Regeneration award and Dave Lowe, our Specifications Director was on hand to announce the Winners of this category as BD landscape architects for their project Sayer Street & the Meadow.

Hardscape were once again proud to have been associated with the following winning categories:

Excellence in Heritage and Culture and Excellence in Community Engagement

Rectory Lane Cemetery – from Dead Space to Living Place 

Friends of St Peter’s Great Berkhamsted

A full list of the winners can be found here.

We were additionally proud also to have made the Awards Trophies again this year at our production facility in the North West. We made each award from Carrara Marble, from the Italian city of Carrara in Tuscany, made famous because of Michaelango’s sculptures from the 15th Century, which was recycled from a project in Central Manchester (next to Manchester Cathedral).

Hardscape cut the material to size which was then honed to make it slightly darker. Each piece was impact-etched with the relevant award image and the background of the plaque was then sandblasted to leave the LI Award logo raised slightly.

Hardscape then sandblasted the text into the logo and painted it to create a contrast. This left a sandblasted recess which allowed for the inlay of stainless steel which we had, again surplus to a project being produced for Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, Merseyside. The plaques were then laser-etched with the winners’ details etc.

The Landscape Institute Awards celebrate every year the value of landscape practice in connecting people, place and nature by demonstrating excellence, innovation and creativity in the natural and built environment – let’s look forward to an even more amazing Awards in 2021 and with belief and hope that we can all meet up safely and enjoy the event together!