Arup and The Crown Estate have been presented with the Landscape Science, Management and Stewardship Award for The Crown Estate London Ecology Masterplan.
The Ecology Masterplan aims to encourage biodiversity and ecology across central London by implementing more green infrastructure in both new developments, existing assets and the public realm.
It seeks to create an extensive network of green stepping stones connecting the Royal Parks through heavily built up areas. This includes installing more living walls, roof gardens, planters and pocket habitats to provide a more visually attractive environment, improve air quality, enahance biodiversity, increase storm water retention and reduce the heat island effect.
The Ecology Masterplan has led to the formation of Wild West End, a partnership between property owners (The Crown Estate, Howard de Walden, Shaftesbury, The Portman Estate, and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland) who have committed to increase and enhance green infrastructure in London’s West End.
“We’re delighted to have won this award, in partnership with Arup, for our London Ecology Masterplan. We’re seeking to ensure that the millions of shoppers, workers and tourists that come to the West End each week benefit from greater biodiversity and a more welcoming environment.”
– Jane Wakiwaka, Sustainability Manager, The Crown Estate
Arup’s project team was made up of specialists across landscape architecture, ecology and sustainability.
“This award recognises the value that a strategic and incremental approach to landscape design can bring to significantly improve the conditions of local environments, biodiversity and the health and wellbeing of those who live and work there. The award is a win for the Arup team and The Crown Estate for their commitment to sensitively integrating green infrastructure in new and existing developments.”
– Tom Armour, Global Landscape Architecture Leader, Arup
Arup were also highly commended for the Madrid + Natural research project, and the Seychelles Strategic Land Use and Development plan.
The Landscape Institute Awards acknowledges the most innovative projects that have shaped, restored and protected the natural and built environment. All the shortlisted entries are on display at The Building Centre until 23rd December.