Press 03.08.2022

Orchard Gardens shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

We are thrilled to announce that Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park, is one of six buildings shortlisted to win the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, celebrating the UK’s best new building.

The development, designed by architects Panter Hudspith, is a playful cluster of buildings comprising 228 homes and 2,500sqm of retail and cultural spaces. Contemporary apartments benefit from large private roof terraces whilst a lushly planted communal garden at the centre of the development enhances the wellbeing of residents.

Continuing our close partnership with Lendlease, Gillespies has delivered a high-quality tree-lined public realm and a vibrant central courtyard garden at Orchard Gardens, which forms the second phase of the landmark Elephant Park development, which is regenerating Elephant and Castle into a thriving and highly sustainable new neighbourhood .

Our landscape concept for the communal courtyards originated from a desire to reflect the density and richness of Walworth Woods, which previously occupied the site. The courtyard is densely planted with a rich variety of native and non-native plants that will deliver year-round impact and maximise biodiversity. Natural play within the streetscape and courtyard provides a safe environment for children to play and explore nature.

The judges felt that this was an “exceptional exemplar of a dense residential-led, mixed-use scheme: a project that provides high quality-homes, well scaled outside spaces that positively respond to their setting and enhances place-making. An excellent scheme in what is one of the profession’s most challenging sectors.”

Orchard Gardens has already won RIBA London and National Awards earlier this year.

Gillespies is the public realm masterplanner for the regeneration of the overall site and the public realm and landscape designer for several individual phases of Elephant Park, including Orchard Gardens, South Gardens and Highwood Gardens. The practice is also responsible for the brand new two acre central park, which recently won the Developer Magazine Pineapple Award for Best New Public Space.

The other five shortlisted projects vying for the prize are: 100 Liverpool Street by Hopkins Architects, Hackney Primary School and 333 Kingsland Road by Henley Halebrown, Sands End Arts and Community Centre by Mæ Architects, Forth Valley College – Falkirk Campus by Reiach and Hall Architect and The New Library at Magdalene College by Niall McLaughlin Architects.

Images courtesy of Timothy Soar