Bowles & Wyer


Written by Rosa Hinton

The results are in for one of the most prestigious awards in the landscaping industry, and we’re delighted to announce that we have won 4 BALI National Landscape Awards this year!

Despite the challenging circumstances this year, we’re thrilled to have scooped four coveted BALI Awards. The first was in the Domestic Garden Construction £60-£100k category, which we won for one of our designs – a small-but-verdant city garden. We designed it as a low-maintenance, minimalist and contemplative space – acting as a green oasis in the heart of the city. Pachysandra terminalis covers the floor of the garden, complemented by raised beds planted with trees and Magnolia grandiflora, which really brings impact. Although the scheme may look simple on the surface, the construction was anything but – with little access and need for road closures and cranes to move materials in and out of site. The small space also features a bespoke water feature and garden lighting, adding to the meditative nature of the garden.

Our second award was in the Community & Schools Development category, where we had refurbished two outdoor playgrounds for a school in North London. Designed by Staton Cohen Landscape Architecture, the theme of nature runs throughout the two play spaces, with naturalistic planting and nature-inspired wall art connecting children to a more creative way of play, whilst adding a sense of fun to the space. Designed to be inclusive for all children, the playgrounds feature a variety of outdoor play equipment, with areas for both physical and non-physical play. This was an exciting project to be involved in, but one that revolved around the very short timelines of the school summer holidays. It meant our construction had to be tightly managed, ultra efficient yet still maintain the highest quality across these two large areas. The finished results are fantastic, and it’s been a pleasure to see the positive impact it’s had on the school and its pupils.

Our third award was in the Roof Garden Installation category, for a stunning roof terrace in central London. Designed by Ana Sanchez-Martin and Lucy Willcox, the roof garden forms part of a high-end residential development. The design is based around a structural ribbon which flows through the space – forming seating, a breakfast bar and a green wall. With integrated planters and a free-standing green wall, there’s plenty of greenery atop the roof terrace, but we installed artificial turf for ease of maintenance. Of course, its location meant access was very challenging for this build. Again, this meant road closures and a large crane to move materials up to the site, with just centimetres of room to spare between the adjacent buildings and glass balconies. The engineering behind the freestanding green wall was another challenge of the project, but one that paid off, serving as an attractive foreground to the panoramic city views beyond.

As well as these, we were also particularly proud to win the Employer Excellence Award. It follows several years of repositioning our brand, values and policies to make for a better workplace for our employees – which we’re delighted has now been officially recognised with this award.

Whilst the official awards ceremony might be virtual this year, we’re still looking forward to the big night in December where all the final results will be announced…

September 9, 2020