Two landscape architecture students from the University of Greenwich have upstaged the country’s best young design talent by winning the Canary Wharf Landscape Competition.
Alick Nee and Danny Mitchell won the competition run by the Landscape Institute, Canary Wharf Group and Townshend Landscape Architects to design event facilities at Wood Wharf, immediately to the east of Canary Wharf in central London.The competition attracted 120 registrations from around the country.
The winning students’ design featured the ‘Great British Summer’ theme, with a meadow of British wild flowers divided by walking paths in the shape of the Union Jack, plant life to give a ‘green’ backing for structures such as big screens and large windsocks and umbrellas to ‘celebrate’ the great British summer’s wind and rain.
The winning team will receive £3,000 provided by Canary Wharf Group and will each undertake month long internships at Townshend Landscape Architects.
The judges awarded second place to a team of five Masters students from the University of Sheffield, who receive £1,000 between them. Sheffield University also won the University prize of a further £500. Canary Wharf Group decided that the further seven short listed entries merited recognition and so awarded them a further £500 each. An exhibition of 14 entries will be on display at Canary Wharf next summer. All of those short listed will also be featured in the January edition of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute.