Architects behind garden project up for major award
Bath architects have achieved international recognition for their design to transform reclaimed land into acres of gardens.
Grant Associates has been shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival Awards 2012 for the Landscape Projects – completed designs urban category.
The nomination is for Grant Associates' work on the first phase of Singapore's Gardens by the Bay project known as Bay South Garden.
Last week the gardens were the focus of the international media when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited them as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour of south east Asia and the South Pacific.
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Following an international design competition Grant Associates became lead designers for the 54-hectare site which is made up of land created from ocean and riverbeds.
Ultimately, the site will total 101 hectares comprising three distinct gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central.
Grant Associates has described its £500 million garden as a fusion of nature and technology, which has taken inspiration from an orchid.
The garden includes horticultural displays, daily light and sound shows, lakes, forests, event spaces as well as shops and restaurants.
A highlight of the garden are 25 to 50 metre tall supertrees designed by Grant Associates which allow plants to climb and provide support for suspended walkways.
Keith French, project director for Gardens by the Bay at Grant Associates, said: "We were very fortunate to work with the right team to make the vision for Gardens for the Bay work.
"Our ethos as landscape architects is collaborative. Working with great architects, engineers and environmental specialists we created some very imaginative and innovative ideas that the National Parks Board championed."
Grant Associates worked with a team of other British companies on the Bay South design including Wilkinson Eyre, Atelier Ten, Atelier One, Land Design Studio and Thomas Matthews.
Winners of the World Architecture Festival Awards 2012 will be announced in Singapore October on 3-5.