Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition



The competition has now concluded and the winner has been announced.


Winner Announced

Winner Announced ...


Expressions of Interest were sought from multi-disciplinary teams with landscaping expertise who can deliver an innovative and exciting project to deadlines and within the budget. We are particularly keen to identify and support emerging talent. We were open-minded about the composition of teams, but encouraged interesting collaborations with artists, craftspeople and ecologists. The team-leader may be a landscape designer or architect, but equally, could be another design specialist.


The project's key themes cover:

Wider themes informing the Cathedral's overall strategic plan for its heritage assets include:

Site Context: The Grade I listed Canterbury Cathedral dates from 597 AD and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area immediately south of the Church has been used historically as a burial ground. The current site includes hard and soft landscaping.


Site Parameters: The site is within the area known as the Precincts (see map). It is approached by the public through Christ Church Gate and runs just south of the Cathedral, from the western end to the Transepts.


Anticipated site parameters


Budget: The extent of the site affected and budget for the eventual works will be defined in part by the winning team, and is expected to amount to roughly £1,000,000 (including fees, VAT and associated costs).


Please note: at the EOI stage we are not seeking a design but an explanation behind the proposed composition of your team, an approach to the issues at hand and a reaction to the emerging brief.


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