Landscape architecture awards

Boffa Miskell projects have been recognised in the 2017 NZILA Pride of Place landscape architecture awards, including the Cornwall Park Master Plan and Croftfield Lane Stormwater Wetland.

The biannual awards celebrate and reward excellence in the landscape architecture profession.

The Cornwall Park Master Plan, which won the strategic landscape planning and environmental studies category, was noted as a ‘beautifully crafted document’ that ‘demonstrates a deep understanding and inspiring vision’. The judges commented that the Master Plan goes well beyond providing a framework for the client, being ‘both a celebration of Cornwall Park’s history and a detailed analysis of its values and feature’. Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) and Boffa Miskell worked with the Cornwall Park Trust Board and park personnel to envision the park’s future over the next century, continuing the legacy of long-term planning and visionary thinking established by the park’s founder, Sir John Logan Campbell, who sought to ensure that the park would be a world-class public open space for citizens’ recreation and enjoyment. The master plan sets a framework and direction for the long term evolution of Cornwall Park, maintaining its already highly valued and much enjoyed amenity whilst readying the park for a more urban context and future public expectations.

Croftfield Lane Stormwater Wetland, was recognised with an Award of Excellence in the Infrastructure category. The project is a pioneering example of bringing landscape and ecology values into the design and management of stormwater wetlands in New Zealand. The project, in the Wairau Valley commercial precinct of Auckland’s North Shore, dates back to 2005, when Boffa Miskell began working with Auckland Council to transform an awkwardly-shaped stormwater retention basin into a highly functioning stormwater wetland and an inviting public space. The judges considered the outcome to be a ‘sophisticated haven’ achieved by ‘expertly weaving complex and multiple technical challenges of water retention and cleansing’ and commented ‘the client and the design team are commended for their vision.’ Boffa Miskell worked alongside AR and Associates and WEC limited in the design and delivery of the project for Auckland Council Healthy Waters.

Daniel Whatnall, one of our recently graduated landscape architects, received an Award of Excellence in the student category for his master’s thesis, entitled, ‘A Rising Storm’, which uses the Kilbirnie Isthmus as a case study for sea level rise. The design looked to minimise damage to coastal communities through adaptive strategies of redirecting surface water through water sensitive urban design principles and approaches. The judges commended the project on its ‘excellent examples of hand drawn speculative design work and design representations’.

Our landscape architects were also involved in the design of the Margaret Mahy Playground with Opus and LandLAB, which received an Award of Excellence in the Parks Category.

For further information please contact Rachel de Lambert

20 April 2017