The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has revealed the five shortlisted proposals in its contest for ideas to boost healthy living in the UK’s largest new residential settlement
The finalist teams are: Additive Urbanism with Matthew Halsall and Ryan Szanyi; LDA Design with Architecture 00 and Vivid Economics; Huskisson Brown Associates with Claire Powell Chartered Physiotherapist; Bradley Murphy Design with JTP, Peter Brett Associates and Sebastien Boyesen; and Chris Blandford Associates with Buro Happold and Proctor & Matthews.
An honorable mention was also made of Churchman Landscape Architects with Thomas Matthews and Buro Happold Engineering for ‘The New Landscape Guides to Ebbsfleet’, inspired by the Shell guides to the counties of Britain.
Open to multidisciplinary teams including landscape professionals, the two-stage competition sought proposals to transform the 800ha garden city into an ‘active, engaging, and uplifting’ place which encourages healthier lifestyles among residents, visitors and the local workforce.
The call for ideas is managed by the Landscape Institute and supported by the NHS, which has designated Ebbsfleet one of 10 areas where it will be trialling its Healthy New Towns Initiative, intended to rethink how health and care services are delivered. Up to 15,000 new homes and 30,000 jobs are planned for the Ebbsfleet Garden City site in north Kent.
Landscape Institute chief executive Dan Cook said: ‘At the Landscape Institute we are fully aware of the power of good landscape to improve our health and wellbeing. The work we have done on public health and landscape has gathered a growing evidence base that green spaces play a vital role in healthy living.
‘By having green spaces integrated into communities, people have the opportunity to become more active and improve their health. Even short-term exposure to green space can have a huge impact on both physical and mental wellbeing.
‘Driving forward this important link is at the heart of this project and we are delighted to see such a range of exciting projects come through from our colleagues across the landscape profession. We look forward to seeing what these five shortlisted companies will come up with for the next phase of the competition.’
Kevin McKeogh, director of the Healthy New Town Programme, said: ‘Ebbsfleet Garden City’s landscape with its white chalk cliffs, open green spaces and lakes, offers a unique opportunity to provide a landscape that challenges the norm. It will also be creating 15,000 new homes and 30,000 jobs, so it is important that the landscape delivers a sustainable and healthy place for people to live and work in.’
‘As the Director of the Healthy New Town Programme, I am delighted by the range of ideas and approaches we have received and the shortlist is outstanding. I look forward to the competition moving on to its next phase.’
Sara McCafferty, Healthy New Towns programme lead at NHS England, said: ‘Ebbsfleet is the largest of the 10 demonstrator sites in NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme, which seeks to improve the design of new places in a way that improves the health and wellbeing of the residents that live there. This competition has created an exciting opportunity to take an innovative approach to the design and sustainability of the city and, in particular how land can be used to support the health of its community.
‘The creativity in landscape design shown by the entrants is truly inspiring and I am sure will contribute significantly to what we want to achieve with a Healthy New Town.’
Ebbsfleet Garden City is a planned new settlement on the site of a former quarry next to the M2 motorway and Ebbsfleet international rail station.
The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation was created by the government three years ago to speed up the delivery of a new large-scale residential district featuring commercial, educational, research and leisure uses. It is set to include seven parks and 192ha of blue and green infrastructure.
Competition proposals could affect the development of national planning policy. Submissions were expected to harness Ebbsfleet’s entire landscape and outdoor spaces to deliver a new healthy city.
The shortlisted teams each receive £3,000 and will now be invited to draw up more advanced concepts in response to a detailed brief for a specific site. The overall winner will be announced in September and will receive £5,000.
The Chalk Walk, by Additive Urbanism, a landscape design studio led by Matthew Halsall CMLI in collaboration with Ryan Szanyi, Architectural installation designer
Shortlisted: The Chalk Walk by Additive Urbanism, a landscape design studio led by Matthew Halsall CMLI in collaboration with Ryan Szyani, Architectural installation designer
A series of natural interventions that combine to form an educational wildlife trail – The Chalk Walk. This would be implemented prior to the main development, employing a series of devices connecting new and existing communities to one another, in order to greatly improve access to nature and provide a healthy alternative to travelling by car.
The Ebbsfleet Sublime – The disruptive use of the picturesque to create wellbeing and place, by LDA Design in collaboration with Architecture 00 and Vivid Economics
Shortlisted: The Ebbsfleet Sublime - The disruptive use of the picturesque to create wellbeing and place – by LDA Design in collaboration with Architecture 00 and Vivid Economics
The Ebbsfleet Sublime is imagined as a beautiful, carefully curated experiential landscape which accommodates productive land, play, workspace, recreation. It draws out the sublimity of nature from the Ebbsfleet landscape and adopts the painterly techniques of Turner, Gainsborough and Lambert.
Everyday Adventure by Huskisson Brown Associates working with Claire Powell Chartered Physiotherapist
Shortlisted: Everyday Adventure by Huskisson Brown Associates working with Claire Powell Chartered Physiotherapist
Everyday Adventure focuses on creating a framework of accessible, active and sociable green routes that connect communities, destinations and population groups, to promote walking and physical activity as the preferred choice for everyday journeys and experiences.
HALO – a model for growing a healthy infrastructure, by Bradley Murphy Design in collaboration with JTP, Peter Brett Associates and Sebastien Boyesen
Shortlisted: H.A.L.O - a model for growing a healthy infrastructure – by Bradley Murphy Design in collaboration with JTP, Peter Brett Associates and Sebastien Boyesen
HALO comprises four key interventions that overlay Ebbsfleet like a web. They connect people to place and to each other, addressing the fragmentation of landscape and habitats, limitations of access and restricted sources of healthy food. These interventions respond to local context through a range of typological treatments, that are reflective of local landscape character, building a richness of experience that is unique to Ebbsfleet.
Swanscombe Gorge Park, by Chris Blandford Associates in association with Buro Happold and Proctor & Matthews
Shortlisted: Swanscombe Gorge Park by Chris Blandford Associates in association with Buro Happold and Proctor & Matthews
The aims are to: reconnect the landscape and communities; regenerate and repair the existing natural landscape; rejuvenate the site with cultural and recreation activities and re-use local materials.