Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Soft landscaping for North Park West included the creation of sustainable drainage swales and check dams; planting over 1500 semi-mature trees up to 70/80cm girth; approx 60,000m2 of planting including grasses and wildflower meadows; the planting of over 100,000 plants; the creation of woodland and wetland areas; supply and lay of over 5,000m2 turf.
A number of issues made the project very complex and involved. The first was the layered design that started from below the ground with the different soil types profiled to suit the different types of landscaping above. The slopes and contours were designed to create vistas, crisp lines and flowing landscapes which change and evolve with the aspect and location. The forming and working on these slopes was particularly difficult. In some areas the planting was made up of a number of layers for example the wooded hillocks including mature trees, smaller trees, native whips, herbaceous under planting and woodland seeding and each of these elements have different management and maintenance requirements so an understanding of this design is required to properly look after it.
On Friday 7th December at the BALI Awards ceremony in London saw the joint submission from Frosts Landscape Construction, Gavin Jones, White Horse Contractors and Willerby Landscapes win the Principal Award for soft landscaping (over £1.5m) for their Olympic Park entry. Their collaborative submission also won a unique BALI’s 40th Anniversary Commemorative Award for Outstanding British Excellence.
To see the judges comments click on the link to the Awards page.
- Olympic Delivery Authority
- June 2010 - Dec 2011
- Main Contractor
- Bam Nuttall