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Kowloon Bay

Randle Siddeley were commissioned to provide an edge cutting landscape scheme for Swire’s flagship commercial development in Kowloon Bay. The site is within an area targeted by the Hong Kong Government to create a “walkable Central Business District”, of which part of the open area falls within the proposed Green Spine Strategy (‘GO2’ link) to facilitate pedestrian flow through the area.

The developer’s vision is to create a unified signature development of both exterior architecture and the landscape open space which ‘weaves work, life and play together’. Responding to the brief, Randle Siddeley’s design scheme involves the creation of a vibrant ambiance in an urban setting for the officer-goers as well as the local residents. The landscape scheme builds on a strong concept that complements the footprint of the architecture, and hence creates spaces that are of a unifying structure and a dynamic ground plane. The main landscape elements are:

  • An Entrance Piazza that highlights the building frontage with a clean and simple design;
  • A series of seating nodes and pockets that provides sheltered seating spaces set back from the busy pedestrian routes;
  • A busy and vibrant Central Plaza that accommodates an iconic water feature as the main attraction;
  • A tree lined ‘GO2’ link that enhance the green connection to the wider green network; and
  • A sheltered Al Fresco dining area that is screened by feature trees. A green oasis in which to enjoy food and drink.

Planting plays a major role in this scheme. Not only does it provide an interesting setting to the landscape, it also helps screen out unsightly views of the industrial buildings in the neighbourhood. The simple tree planting palette consists of Albizia, the Persian Silk Tree, Bauhinia, the emblem of Hong Kong, together with a careful selection of evergreen trees to acts as visual screens and sun shelters. They are underplanted with flowering and evergreen shrubs to add fragrance and structure, with meandering streams of grasses that punctuated with rich purple salvias and bright pink lythrum, and at the same time interspersed with a rich palette of herbaceous perennials that gives colours and movements.

London Planning Awards 2016 – Mayor’s Award

From an office block made of recycled shipping containers to plans to turn London into the world’s first ‘National Park City’, developments vying for London’s top planning awards have been unveiled and the prizes have been awarded.

Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards is the most prestigious event for the planning and development sector.

Now in its 13th year, the Awards were held on 3 February 2016, at City Hall to celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners and developers to the capital’s urban regeneration.

Trafalgar Place in Elephant & Castle  was shortlisted in the Best New Public Space category for turning an area ‘prohibitive to pedestrians’ into a thriving thoroughfare.  With collaboration from dRMM Architects, Lend Lease, Robert Bird Group, Wallace Whittle, Sandy Brown Associates and ourselves, we were delighted when the project was announced as the Best New Place to Live for 2016.

The ceremony culminates with our most prestigious award; the Mayor’s award for planning excellence, sponsored by Mount Anvil.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“The allure of living, doing business and taking advantage of culture venues in our great capital shows no sign of slowing down, which means creative and innovative planning remains crucial to the city’s ongoing prosperity. The spotlight, quite rightly, is on those planners and developers who are leading the way in creative design to ensure we are building real places and communities that are not only attractive to live in, but will stand the test of time.”

Cllr Claire Kober, London Councils’ executive member for infrastructure and regeneration, said:

“The London Planning Awards show how much outstanding planning work is happening to make our great city and its neighbourhoods even greater in the future. Councils, working in partnership with developers, public bodies and others, are uniquely placed to ensure that through new schemes, the maximum economic, social and environment value is unlocked and the right balance between these is achieved. Congratulations to all those shortlisted.”

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“Once again the awards shortlist features an excellent array of outstanding planning projects. The finalists demonstrate how planners are helping to make London an even better place to live, work or visit.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“Our built environment is vital if London is to succeed in meeting the challenges ahead but as this shortlist of developments shows, the strength of this sector in our capital is more than capable of keeping London a world class city.”

London Planning Awards 2016 – Best New Place to Live

From an office block made of recycled shipping containers to plans to turn London into the world’s first ‘National Park City’, developments vying for London’s top planning awards have been unveiled and the prizes have been awarded.

Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards is the most prestigious event for the planning and development sector.

Now in its 13th year, the Awards were held on 3 February 2016, at City Hall to celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners and developers to the capital’s urban regeneration.

Trafalgar Place in Elephant & Castle  was shortlisted in the Best New Public Space category for turning an area ‘prohibitive to pedestrians’ into a thriving thoroughfare.  With collaboration from dRMM Architects, Lend Lease, Robert Bird Group, Wallace Whittle, Sandy Brown Associates and ourselves, we were delighted when the project was announced as the Best New Place to Live for 2016.

Cllr Claire Kober, London Councils’ executive member for infrastructure and regeneration, said:

The London Planning Awards show how much outstanding planning work is happening to make our great city and its neighbourhoods even greater in the future. Councils, working in partnership with developers, public bodies and others, are uniquely placed to ensure that through new schemes, the maximum economic, social and environment value is unlocked and the right balance between these is achieved. Congratulations to all those shortlisted.

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

Once again the awards shortlist features an excellent array of outstanding planning projects. The finalists demonstrate how planners are helping to make London an even better place to live, work or visit.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

Our built environment is vital if London is to succeed in meeting the challenges ahead but as this shortlist of developments shows, the strength of this sector in our capital is more than capable of keeping London a world class city.

Stone Water Feature with Pollarded Trees

The kitchen garden features a bespoke stone fountain which forms the axis of the stabilised gravel pathways.  In the background, eight pollarded trees form a striking backdrop to the vista from the house.

Formal Stone Steps

These stunning stone steps are framed with traditional, hand-made bricks and low Buxus parterre hedging.

Hedge-Topped Reclaimed Brickwork Wall

In the walled garden, beautifully clipped hedges frame the walls which were built from bricks made for us to match the originals.

Walled Garden Entrance Gate

The walled garden is secured with a beautiful, traditional wrought iron gateway, allowing a tantalising glimpse at what lies behind the walls.

Formal Driveway with Stone Fountain

The formal entrance to the estate leads up the stabilised gravel driveway, around the bespoke stone fountain and on to the principal residence itself.

Stabilised gravel pathways

The Chapel garden features a contemplative lawn, bordered by stabilised gravel pathways and red brick edging.

Rustic Pergola-Framed York Stone Walkway

This charming walkway through the walled garden is framed by a timber pergola.  The York stone paving is interspersed with stabilised gravel squares and bounded by setts.