Too close to call — joint winners for Victorian Landscape of the Year
Judging at the 2015 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards was too close to call, ending with the prestigious ‘Landscape of the Year’ being awarded jointly to Hamilton Landscapes and Australian Native Landscape Constructions. Australian Native Landscape Constructions continues to impress the judges, now chalking up four top prizes in the last 5 years.
Their ‘Geology Garden’ at Monash University’s Clayton campus took out top honour in the ‘Commercial Landscape Construction over $500K’ category as well as receiving Highly Commended in the ‘Hard Structures in the Landscape’ category. Taking out the joint win for ‘Landscape of the Year’ for his Beaumaris project was the icing on the cake for Paul Hamilton, who, in his acceptance speech, acknowledged the stunning design by Steve Taylor of C.O.S. Design that he was engaged to build. Earlier in the evening, the meticulously constructed Beaumaris project scooped the pool across a number of categories including ‘Hard Structures in the Landscape’ and ‘Residential Construction over $300K’ for Hamilton Landscapes as well as being recognised as the best entry in the ‘Landscape Design over 200m2, for designer C.O.S. Design. Working with difficult site conditions, the judges noted that this was a landscape of the highest calibre and one which they have not seen the likes of for many years.
To cap off a great night for the C.O.S. Design team, its Alphington project, which the judges commented was a “very versatile, functional and serene space that feels much bigger than its size” took out ‘Landscape Design under 200m2, as well as being awarded the inaugural ‘Grant Saltmarsh Memorial Feature in the Landscape Award’ specifically for the spectacular swimming pool. Grant Saltmarsh was a passionate member of Landscaping Victoria who had a penchant for installing feature pieces and an emotional Steve Taylor accepted this award from Grant’s wife Nadine and their three children, Grace, Lewis and Spencer.
Esjay Landscapes had reason to be twice as happy this year taking out the ‘Residential Landscape Construction under $ 50K’ for its Ivanhoe project as well as the ‘Residential Landscape Construction $150K-$300K’ for a project in Hawthorn. They took a break between these wins to allow Franklin Landscape & Design to accept the ‘Residential Landscape Construction $50K-$150K’ award. The award for excellence in ‘Landscape Maintenance & Management’ was awarded to Van Leeuwen Green, and Jane Jones Landscapes took out the highest honours for ‘Plants in the Landscape’. Greener Visions Landscaping was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ award, impressing the judges with their young business already operating at a level that would be the envy of many well-established firms.
A new category for 2015 was the ‘People’s Choice’ award, which allowed the public to vote on a selection of entries from the design and construction categories. In a close finish, the winner was announced as Inge Jabara Landscapes for its South Yarra project. Providing great advice and impeccable service earned Better Exteriors the award for ‘Supplier of the Year’ and Andrew Kelly from Hamilton Landscapes took out the ‘Apprentice of the Year’, impressing the judges with his passion, knowledge and vision for his own future within the industry.
A full list of winners including recipients of highly commended and commended awards from the 2015 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards can be found here.
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