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Landscape Design Shortlist Announced

Landscape Design Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition, which is being organised by Malcolm Reading Associates, has been released. The selected teams will now be asked to develop concept designs which reimagine and reinvigorate the existing setting.


Canterbury Cathedral selected five teams to work on the project. These are:

  • Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects (UK) in collaboration with Andrew Moor Associates, Thorn Lighting Limited and KLH Sustainability.
  • Kossmann.dejong (The Netherlands) in collaboration with Felixx, ROD’OR Advies and VAN DEN BERK Nurseries.
  • Michael Lee Architects (UK) in collaboration with Austin Winkley & Associates, NORM, Biodiversity by Design, Noel Kingsbury and Jackson Coles Construction Consultants.
  • Purcell (UK) in collaboration with ARUP, Tonkin Liu, Bare Leaning & Bare (Synergy LLP) and Fletcher Teckman Consulting Ltd.
  • Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Ltd Landscape Design (UK) in collaboration with Gianni Botsford Architects, Langlands & Bell, Press & Starkey and Hockley & Dawson.

More than a million visitors enter the Precincts every year and the setting of the Cathedral is their first contact with this numinous and astonishingly beautiful building. The welcome we offer them should show us at our best. We are grateful to Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing for generously funding this competition, which is one strand of our programme to conserve and share this building with a wider audience.

Brigadier John Meardon, Receiver General of Canterbury Cathedral


We had a fascinating response, roughly divided into teams led by architects and landscape architects, respectively. The selected teams reflect this mix but also bring a strong narrative, specialist or craft collaborator. They really got under the skin of the competition brief and we are looking forward to a stimulating second stage.

Competition organiser, Malcolm Reading

The Cathedral has deliberately sought a range of talent and experience. Each firm brings different strengths and expertise to the project.

The shortlisted teams have been given the opportunity to reconsider the way visitors first encounter England’s leading Cathedral and Mother Church when entering the Cathedral Precincts. The brief calls for exemplary and sustainable landscape design, which recognises the spiritual, historic and national importance of the site. It should include improving the visual and sensory experience of entering the Precincts, and connecting visitors with the Cathedral’s history, personalities, and architecture.

The winning team will be announced in Autumn 2013.

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) is managing the competition on behalf of the Cathedral and further details of the project are available on the dedicated competition microsite:

Notes to Editors

  • For competition press enquiries please phone Catherine Homsey on +44 (0) 207 831 2998 or contact by email at For press enquiries relating to Canterbury Cathedral, please contact Chris Robinson, Estates Surveyor and Public Relations Officer by phone on 01227 862740 or by email at
  • Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site. For further information please see the website
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