The Landscape Institute has awarded landscape architects LUC for the restoration of Cassiobury Park in Watford, in the ‘Heritage and Conservation’ category.
After four years of design work and construction management by LUC as lead consultant, the £5m restored Cassiobury Park in Watford opened to the public in July 2017. LUC restored surviving historic features such as the monumental Lime Avenue and carriage drives and estate water mill ruins.
The group recreated iconic features of the picturesque parkland such as the Rustic Bridge, restored key aspects of the ‘Peoples’ Park’ – the tea pavilion and garden, the bandstand and completely refurbished the water play area allied to a new contemporary park hub building.
Landscape architects at LUC, Alex Massey and Ed Manning, collected the award at the ceremony in London on 22 November alongside Watford Borough Council and Historic England.
The group was also commended for its landscape sensitivity and green infrastructure study for Leicester and Leicestershire.
A statement by LUC read: “We were commissioned by the county and district councils in Leicestershire to provide evidence to help ensure that locations identified for economic and housing development conserves and enhances landscape, biodiversity and green infrastructure.
“Our Landscape Planning and Strategic Planning teams used a systematic assessment framework to examine the sensitivity of the landscape, exploring the extent to which different areas can accommodate development without impacting on their key landscape qualities.”