2008 APL Award
Association of Professional Landscapers
National Landscape Awards 2008
Designer: Andy Sturgeon
Contractor: Creative Landscape Co
The Creative Landscape Co was the winning contractor in the over £50,000 category and the supreme winner of the 2008 Association of Professional Landscape (APL) Awards. Their work followed a brief to successfully connect a new Buckinghamshire home with its surrounding landscapes, linking the modern architecture with the existing rural wooded area.
Andy Sturgeon's design team of garden designers put forward a scheme that echoed the Huf Haus architecture, creating strong, minimal and angular but usable spaces that extend the interior rooms out into the gardens. Beyond these formal areas, the shapes employed become more organic and naturalistic, giving the effect of inviting the surrounding landscape back into the house.
The garden includes several distinct areas all within the single holistic design, including a main living area with large Koi pond and a modern Japanese garden with hot tub and rock banks of glacial boulders, through which 'floating steps' link the front and rear gardens. See how we built it in our 'Portfolio'
The judges considered this "an outstanding and well executed project", and were impressed by the overall standard of entries. The chairman of the judging panel, James Steele-Saergent, said, "I was very pleased to see the high standard of work entered, especially by some of the newer members. I'm sure their success will encourage even more members to enter next year."
Robin Templar Williams, who announced the 2008 awards winners on Tuesday 12 February 2008 in the stunning surroundings of Andown Racecourse in Esher, Surrey equally Complimentary:
"There was a very high standard of submission this year, which was good to see and made the task of judging more challenging which has to be a good thing. The winners are well deserving of their achievements and hopefully will inspire others to follow suit and we can look forward to raising the standard yet further."
The APL Awards, sponsored by Bradstone, recognise the very best in landscaping undertaken by APL members in projects that range from smaller projects to garden maintenance to contracts of over 50,000. The awards are a celebration of the high standards that have been achieved by members and a demonstration of the APL's commitment to quality landscaping.