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JTP team wins Ebbsfleet ‘landscape for healthy living’ contest

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A team featuring JTP has won the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s competition for ideas to boost healthy living in the UK’s largest new residential settlement

The winning team, comprising landscape architects Bradley Murphy Design with JTP, Peter Brett Associates and artist Sebastien Boyesen, was chosen from a five-strong shortlist announced in July (see AJ 03.07.18).

The other finalists were Additive Urbanism with Matthew Halsall and Ryan Szanyi; LDA Design with Architecture 00 and Vivid Economics; Huskisson Brown Associates with Claire Powell Chartered Physiotherapist; and Chris Blandford Associates with Buro Happold and Proctor & Matthews.

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 winning team’s ‘HALO’ concept – Hives, Arcs, Links and Organics – featured accessible, attractive and inspirational places designed to promote physical activity and praised by judges as ‘radical, but realisable’.

Key elements included a ‘people highway’ providing uninterrupted access to nature, activity hubs that foster social and community engagement, food production, and a green-grid network for community and wildlife movement.

The call for ideas was 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: ‘HALO’s winning design stood out for the clarity, and the collaboration of the multidisciplinary team bringing together the best aspects of living in London with those of living in Kent, the Garden of England.

‘The panel of judges were truly impressed with all of the finalists’ designs and felt they showed inspirational leadership, an ability to think holistically when faced with such a challenging site, and how it connects with the people who live to improve their lives.’

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.

Submissions to the contest were expected to harness Ebbsfleet’s entire landscape and outdoor spaces to deliver a new healthy city and could affect the development of future national planning policy.

The shortlisted teams each received £3,000 to further develop their concepts and the overall winner took home a £5,000 prize.

The shortlist

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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