Landscape design is important.

It was great to read that the landscape design of the Olympic Park has won the President’s Medal at the Landscape Institute Awards. I had the pleasure of visiting the park before it officially opened and I can remember the sweeping, richly planted landscape as if it were yesterday, particularly the way that the landscape and architecture was integrated.

We are staunch advocates of the integration between landscape and architecure and utilise the synergy between the professions to enhance many of our projects. We often describe good landscape design as the ‘flesh on the bone structure of the architecture’ and have been known to take this analogy further by reference to memorable fashion models. More on this possibly unique description later but in the meantime, let me leave you with a picture of me and a fascinating group of decision makers in front of one of my favourite buildings in the Olympic Park, the velodrome by Hopkins Architects.


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