February 19, 2018

Success for Gillespies at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

Gillespies have struck gold at the inaugural Pro Landscaper Business Awards.

The awards, designed to celebrate the best business practices in the industry, took place on Friday 9 February.

international and award-winning business, Gillespies, were successful in the landscape architecture practice category.

Founded in 1962, Gillespies is one of the UK’s longest established and most successful independent landscape architectural design practices.

Gillespies employs some 150 dedicated professionals at all levels, ranging from trainees at the start of their career to senior and management grade industry leaders. The practice is managed by seven partners with support from a 28-strong management team, based across four UK offices – London, Manchester, Leeds and Oxford – and two satellite offices in Moscow and Abu Dhabi.

In a tightly contested category, Gillespies went head to head with shortlisted practices, Davies White, and HLM Architects.

Ultimately, it was Gillespies who the judges decided should head home with the gong, praising the practice for its ‘powerful evidence of equal commitment to promoting from within.’ And ‘pioneering research and training in BIM and the importance of remaining at the forefront of developing landscape design.’

Gillespies has achieved critical acclaim and a reputation for consistently delivering places that respond to communities, with a high regard for the quality of the environment and the physical and cultural context of spaces. Collaborating with others in the landscape sector, its highly-skilled teams work alongside a diverse range of clients including leading developers, architects, and local authorities on a wide range of projects and across a plethora of markets and sectors, including residential, cultural, leisure and tourism, office, transport, education, energy and healthcare. Gillespies has built projects across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, with the quality of its designs recognised by some of the industry’s highest accolades, including 11 Landscape Institute Awards and two RIBA Stirling Prize shortlists.

The practice is a registered member of the Landscape Institute and a corporate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Through individual employees, Gillespies also has associations with the Urban Design Group, Royal Institute of British Architects, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Royal Institute of Town Planners.

Gillespies is also certified under ISO 9001:2008, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to continual improvement and quality, and is currently in the process of gaining a Cyber Essentials Plus certification.

Since 2008, the practice has been a member of CHAS (The Contractors Health and Assessment Scheme) and is regularly audited with respect to legal compliance with Safety, Health, Environment, Quality (SHEQ) management systems and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guidance and best practice.

Pro Landscaper announced the launch of the new cross-industry business awards in August 2017. Created to highlight those who make outstanding contributions to our industry and bringing people together, the awards offer something different.

Supported by leading industry magazines Pro Landscaper and FutureArch, and the industry’s number one event, FutureScape, the inaugural Pro Landscaper Business Awards was held in the heart of London’s business district at the stunning East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf.

Other awards handed out include best commercial landscaping company, best garden designer, and best apprenticeship scheme.

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