The winner of the Ebbsfleet Garden City competition has been announced with the chosen design featuring a series of man-made islands like the iconic Palm in Dubai.
The series of islands would all be linked by walkways and one of them would be become an arts and culture island where open air productions and gigs could take place. Floating hotel pods and an innovation area for start-up businesses would also be included as well as the Garden City’s very own beach. The “eco islands” would encourage wildlife to live at the site in a series of insect hotels, beehives and bat boxes.
The winning design, called HALO, (Hives, Arcs, Links, Organics), was created by landscape architects Bradley Murphy Design with JTP, Peter Brett Associates and artist Sebastien Boyesen.
Judges said HALO demonstrated a design that was “radical, but realisable”. The panel also said the design reflected the founder of the garden city movement, Ebenezer Howard’s concept of the best of town and country life.
Managed by The Landscape Institute, on behalf of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and NHS England’s Healthy New Towns project, the second phase of the Ebbsfleet Design Challenge focused on the Blue Lake site within the Garden City.
Now bosses at the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation which is overseeing the plans for up to 15,000 homes and a vibrant new city centre, will look at how the scheme can be incorporated to be a dominant feature along with seven new city parks across the site.
Kevin McGeough, director of Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Healthy New Towns project, said: “This exciting and inspiring design exceeded our expectations. We have been encouraged by the innovation and the wide variety of approaches in this scheme. The winning design could become one of the country’s most talked about and visited attractions.”
Work has also started on a new bridge which will connect residents to Ebbsfleet International and cut down their walking time to the station from 25 minutes to eight, as well as series of new walk and cycle ways which will link all parts of the Garden City.