Off we went on Friday to Grosvenor House on Park Lane for the eagerly anticipated 2018 BALI National Landscape Awards.
Of course we were looking forward to collecting and celebrating our award for Domestic Garden Construction – Under 30k for our work at Uplands Cottage, plus a delicious three course meal, one or two drinks to toast ours and the other winners’ success, and to meet other professionals from the £11.6 billion landscaping industry.
BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker was the humorous host who led proceedings, along with the sponsors of each award. There were 29 main categories, all of which had multiple winners including a Principal Winner for that category. Then there were 4 Special Awards, each with just one winner. 70 fabulous winners in total!
Imagine our shock and delight when the award sponsor, British Sugar TOPSOIL, announced Sandstone Design as the winner of the Special Award for Design and Build, also for Uplands Cottage! It all went a bit slow mo for us at that point! Particularly for Sandstone owner and designer Ali and landscape manager Jason who both worked on the Uplands Cottage project and went on stage to accept the award.
We were told that the BALI judging panel felt that the scheme, above all others who had designed and built their schemes, stood out and deserved recognition. The judges commented:
“This is a beautifully executed scheme that reflects the contractor’s determination to understand and implement fully the clients’ vision. Working closely with the clients and taking a very flexible approach, the contractor has created a beautiful space on a modest budget to exacting standards. The attention to detail and the quality of the workmanship is faultless. This project fully illustrates the qualities required of a design and build contractor and Sandstone Design Solutions is a worthy recipient of this Special Award.”
A full list of the categories and winners can be found here.
We’d like to say an enormous thank you to BALI and the judges for both our awards and for all their hard work and commitment to the landscaping industry. Also to all the award sponsors, particularly our award sponsors, British Sugar TOPSOIL and Derbyshire Aggregates. And to all the other winners – well done and congratulations!
Have a look at the winning garden, Uplands Cottage, here.