HALO, a design model created by Bradley Murphy Design that spurs physical activity, has become the winning project at an international design competition launched by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and NHS England in March.
The competition, called Ebbsfleet Garden City: Landscape for Healthy Living Competition, was held to find creative and inspiring ideas to help shape the landscape of a new Garden City and the largest of 10 Healthy New Towns being developed in the UK.
The HALO concept, which stands for Hives, Arcs, Links and Organics, was delivered in collaboration with John Thompson Partnership, Peter Brett Associates and Sebastien Boyesen.
The winner was announced at the annual Landscape Institute conference, called Valuing Landscape 2018, to address issues on valuing landscape for future generations.
This concept intends to serve as an inspirational place so that residents will be motivated to take up physical activity as a natural part of their daily lives.
The design aims to link people to places and to each other through activity hubs that bolster social and community engagement, as well as address fragmentation of landscape and habitats through a ‘people highway’ that offers continuous access to nature.
The panel of judges found that the design reflected the founder of the garden city movement, Ebenezer Howard’s concept of the best of town and country life. HALO also came up as a design that is not only radical but also realisable.
The second phase of the Ebbsfleet Design Challenge focused on the Blue Lake site within the Garden City due to the opportunities it offers local communities to benefit from the landscape.
It was managed by The Landscape Institute, on behalf of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and NHS.
It will also be at the core of the Garden City and one of seven city parks across the site.
Landscape Institute CEO Dan Cook said: “When you launch a competition of this kind you are never quite sure what response you are going to get. The judges were impressed by the standard of entries and the innovative thinking that has been shown.
“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 other four shortlisted entries were Additive Urbanism – Chalk Walk, Chris Blandford – Blue Lake Gardens, Huskisson Brown – Everyday Adventure, LDA Design – Ebbsfleet Sublime.