Landscape architects, Garden Club London, have won the Built Environment Award for its Floating Pocket Park project at the Canal and River Trust Awards 2018.
The landscape project, located in Paddington Basin, London, has been designed by RHS Chelsea Gold medal winner Tony Woods, with the complex floating landscape build having been opened to the public last summer.
Commenting on the achievement, Woods said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by such a well-respected authority, who we had to work closely with throughout the design, planning and build process, to minimise environmental impact.”
“The intention was to create a space that would bring together the neighbouring communities of office workers and residents and provide a space for visitors to enjoy the area. The brief requested that the space encouraged interaction with the water.”
The design was based on a series of floating garden areas, connected by walkways, which gave a sense of the garden having a series of pools set within and around it, rather than covering the mass of water as one area.
A decked area, covered with pergolas and shade sails, provides a space for events, pop-ups and for outdoor working, with the opportunity for local office workers to take advantage of free Wi-Fi.
Landscape architect Ben Dewhirst added: “We are very happy for the Floating Pocket Park to be recognised for what is an extremely unique project and for reactivating this historically significant part of London. Blue space design is something we’ll have to consider more in the future and we hope the FPP can serve as a reputable precedent.”