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Revealed: winner of Canterbury Cathedral entrance contest

Landscape architect Hyland Edgar Driver has won the competition to revamp the landscaping around Canterbury Cathedral

The jury was unanimous in choosing the London and Winchester-based practice, which beat off competition from teams including Gianni Botsford Architects, Purcell, Tonkin Liu and up-and-coming practice Michael Lee Architects.

Inspired by the cathedral’s archives and glass art, Hyland Edgar Driver’s proposals suggested developing a pavement of large flagstones forming a new piazza, alongside restoring flint walls and reintroducing herbs and wild flowers.

The finalists

  • Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects (UK) with Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting and KLH Sustainability
  • Kossmann.dejong (The Netherlands) with Felixx, ROD’OR Advies and Van Den Berk Nurseries
  • Michael Lee Architects (UK) with Austin Winkley & Associates, NORM, Biodiversity by Design, Noel Kingsbury and Jackson Coles Construction Consultants
  • Purcell (UK) with ARUP, Tonkin Liu, Bare Leaning & Bare (Synergy LLP) and Fletcher Teckman Consulting
  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design (UK) with Gianni Botsford Architects, Langlands & Bell, Press & Starkey and Hockley & Dawson

The £1 million project which sits within the UNESCO world heritage site, will focus on the cathedral precincts next to the grade I-listed building’s West Front and Church Gate. The approach to the 1,400 year old building has not been improved since the 1940s.

Arthur Gelling, associate at Hyland Edgar Driver said: ‘Canterbury Cathedral has a unique place in our cultural, architectural and historic heritage and we are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to play a role in its continuing story. We look forward to working alongside the Dean and Chapter and the many stakeholders to bring their ambitions for the Precincts to fruition.’

Canterbury Cathedral’s receiver general and the chair of the jury, John Meardon added: ‘I am delighted with the outcome of this competition which produced some very interesting and innovative ideas. In the end, the jury was convinced by the approach and depth of understanding that Hyland Edgar Driver showed for this very important setting. The project will make a significant contribution to the life of the Cathedral and enhance the welcome we give to all our visitors. Canterbury Cathedral would like to extend their sincere thanks to Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing for making this competition possible.’

Malcolm Reading, competition organiser added: ‘The brief called for exemplary and sustainable landscape design, which recognises the spiritual, historic and national importance of the site. The winning team was the one which took this message to heart, coming up with original ideas and a refreshing but also realistic approach.’

WINNER: Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects (UK) with Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting and KLH Sustainability

WINNER: Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects (UK) with Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting and KLH Sustainability

Previous story (29.07.13)

Revealed: finalists in Canterbury Cathedral entrance contest

An eclectic mix of architects and landscape specialists have been named among the finalists in the contest to redesign the landscape around Canterbury Cathedral’s main entrance

Gianni Botsford Architects, Purcell, Tonkin Liu and up-and-coming practice Michael Lee Architects are listed as members of the five teams shortlisted in the Malcolm Reading Consultants-backed competition.

The estimated £1 million project will focus on the cathedral precincts next to the Grade I-listed building’s West Front and Church Gate. The 1,400 year-old building – known as the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion – receives more than a million visitors each year but its main approach has not been improved since the 1940s.


Shortlist in full

  • Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects (UK) with Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting and KLH Sustainability
  • Kossmann.dejong (The Netherlands) with Felixx, ROD’OR Advies and Van Den Berk Nurseries
  • Michael Lee Architects (UK) with Austin Winkley & Associates, NORM, Biodiversity by Design, Noel Kingsbury and Jackson Coles Construction Consultants
  • Purcell (UK) with ARUP, Tonkin Liu, Bare Leaning & Bare (Synergy LLP) and Fletcher Teckman ConsultingWin
  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design (UK) with Gianni Botsford Architects, Langlands & Bell, Press & Starkey and Hockley & Dawson

Competition organiser, Malcolm Reading, said: ‘We had a fascinating response. The selected teams… really got under the skin of the competition brief and we are looking forward to a stimulating second stage’

‘The Cathedral has deliberately sought a range of talent and experience. Each firm brings different strengths and expertise to the project.’

The winning team will be announced in Autumn 2013.

Previous story (AJ 13.06.2013)

Contest launched to revamp pilgrims’ approach to Canterbury Cathedral

Malcolm Reading Consultants has opened a design contest to overhaul the landscape surrounding Canterbury Cathedral’s main entrance

The estimated £1 million project will focus on the cathedral precincts next to the Grade I-listed building’s West Front and Church Gate however the exact site and budget will be determined by the winner.

The 1,400 year-old building – known as the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion – receives more than a million visitors each year but its main approach was last improved in the 1940s.

The cathedral is now looking for a design team to bring the area up to ‘modern expectations’ while showing ‘sensitivity to the classic and historic qualities’ of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Canterbury Cathedral site plan. Image by Malcolm Reading Consultants

Source: Image by Malcolm Reading Consultants

Canterbury Cathedral site plan. Image by Malcolm Reading Consultants

John Meardon, Canterbury Cathedral’s receiver general said:  ‘More than a million visitors enter the Precincts every year and the setting of the Cathedral is their first contact with this numinous and astonishingly beautiful building. The welcome we offer them should show us at our best.’

Competitoin organiser Malcolm Reading said: ‘It’s an unusual challenge for a team, mixing landscape and place-making with a respect for a setting with the highest heritage protection. This is a space that needs to be welcoming, offer sanctuary and also opportunities for celebration.

‘We are hoping for collaborations that balance a rich mix of different skills with sensitivity to the needs of visitors, pilgrims and the church community.’

A shortlist of five teams will be chosen to develop their schemes over the summer and receive an honorarium. The winners are due to be announced in the autumn.

Founded by St Augustine in 579 AD, the building was completely rebuilt by the Normans in 1070 and has been continually repaired and added to over the following centuries.

The deadline to enter the competition’s first stage is 17 July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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