29 Nov 2016
Winners: Keary Design for Riverside Meadows
Keary Design Associates of Thurnby, Leicester have won a prestigious Design Excellence Award as part of the National Landscape Awards, now in their 40th anniversary year. Organised by the UK’s leading beacon of landscaping excellence, the British Association of Landscape Industries, the BALI Design Excellence Award has been bestowed on Keary Design for their breath-taking courtyard garden design, a centrepiece for a residential area on the banks of the River Severn in Shrewsbury.
David Keary, Principal and the designer of the aptly-named Riverside Meadows scheme, will be attending the ceremony to accept the award in December 2016 at Grosvenor House, London. “It’s a tremendous fillip to have one of your design’s congratulated with such an honour,” says David, whose Landscape Institute registered practice on Uppingham Road, Thurnby has been designing commercial and domestic landscapes across the region and UK-wide since 2000. The team may also scoop the Principal Award for Design Excellence, to be announced at the event in December.
“The standard of workmanship has been inspiring” – Senior Member of the Judging Panel
Judged by an expert panel, the Awards were announced earlier in September. Greg Allen, formerly Senior Lecturer in Landscape Studies at Writtle College and now an independent landscape industry consultant, chaired the panel and was impressed with the “…attention to detail, which sets BALI members’ work apart and was clearly evident in all the winning schemes, as was a thirst for innovation to resolve complex challenges faced by designers and contractors. The standard of workmanship has been inspiring”
The “Design Excellence Award, Overall scheme over £50k” has been sponsored by Adtrak and was selected from almost 130 entries – each visited and scrutinised by the panel before decision. The Riverside Meadows residential complex, constructed by David Wilson Homes (Mercia) now boasts David’s beautifully designed gardens, viewed from the balconies of the facing apartments and overlooking the river. The housebuilder heralds the scheme as one of its most flagship builds – a magnificent showpiece for housebuilding in the natural landscape. And now – an award-winning garden design, too.