Bernie Spain Gardens
In November 2017 I won a London College of Garden Design (LCGD) graduate competition which they run as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations in association with Coin Street Community Builders. The Design Competition was for proposals for the redesign and upgrade of Bernie Spain Gardens on London’s South Bank and the prize for the graduate competition was for my proposals to be considered alongside the short listed practices from the main invited Design Competition all well established landscape architects and garden designers.
For the final entry I collaborated with Sam Martin of Exterior Architecture, also a graduate of LCGD, Civic Engineers and dRMM Architects and our proposal was for a community driven space which would physically imprinted Coin Street Community Builders values onto the cultural and physical geography of the South Bank.
The proposal was a deliberately aspirational exemplar of an inclusive, sustainable, resilient designed landscape. Unfortunately we didn’t win this one, although I think it would have been a cool story if we had. But it was a great learning opportunity and I got to work with some fab people who taught me loads and there’s always the next time and next time I will be better……