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Ebbsfleet Garden City: landscape for healthy living

International design ideas competition

for a healthy garden city in Ebbsfleet.


The vision for a new city at Ebbsfleet is ambitious and exciting: 15,000 new homes, 30,000 jobs and seven new city-scale parks. At the centre of this vision is Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s (EDC) commitment to innovation, good design, sustainability, community and, most importantly, health.

On behalf of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group and the NHS England Healthy New Town Programme, we challenge landscape professionals and students to collaborate with other built environment professions, artists, and place-makers and propose design ideas for what can be achieved in a truly modern healthy city. We want your innovative ideas and proposals to work with and exploit our natural and proposed landscape at Ebbsfleet Garden City in order to create an active, engaging, and uplifting place that encourages healthier lifestyles for our existing and new residents, visitors and workforce alike.

This competition is being launched as part of the NHS England Healthy New Town Programme. Ebbsfleet Garden City is the largest of the 10 national pilot projects and is being delivered by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation in partnership with Darford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (DGS CCG).

Ideas are invited from landscape professionals and students, and multidisciplinary teams headed by landscape professionals and students. Multidisciplinary teams that incorporate artists and engineers are particularly encouraged.

Go to ‘The Brief’ menu to download the competition brief and read the full details.


The competition has two stages.

At stage one, there are two categories of entry, one for students and one for professionals. Winners in the student category will receive cash prizes, while up to five individuals/teams in the professionals category will be shortlisted to progress to stage two of the competition.

At stage two, the shortlisted individuals/teams will be paid an honorarium to develop detailed designs for a site(s) chosen by the competition organisers. There will then be an opportunity to present to the judging panel and an overall winner will be selected and awarded a cash prize at the Landscape Institute’s annual conference, taking place in September 2018 at the University of Greenwich.

Student category

Entries in the student category are invited from the following:

  • Individual students currently registered on a graduate or postgraduate landscape architecture course that is recognised by the Landscape Institute or its equivalent worldwide.
  • Teams of students, with teams made up of individuals currently registered on graduate and/or postgraduate courses of varying disciplines, but teams must be headed by a student currently registered on a graduate or postgraduate landscape architecture course that is recognised by the Landscape Institute, or its equivalent worldwide. Multidisciplinary teams that incorporate artists and engineers are particularly encouraged

The best proposals will receive cash prizes of £2,000 for the winner, £1,000 for the runner-up and 2 x£500 for highly commended proposals.

Professional category

Entries in the professional category are invited from the following:

  • Individuals who are currently members of the Landscape Institute or its equivalent worldwide.
  • Teams made up of individuals from varying disciplines, including artists and engineers, but headed by current members of the Landscape Institute or its equivalent worldwide.

Please note that upto five up of the best proposals in this category will be shortlisted for stage two of the competition, when individuals/teams will be asked to provide detailed designs for a site(s) chosen by the competition organisers. An honorarium of £3,000 will be paid at stage two and the winner will receive a prize of £5,000.


Site visits - new site visit announced for Tuesday 3rd April

We have added a third site visit date:

10 am, Friday 16 March

10 am, Tuesday 20 March

2pm, Tuesday 3 April (NEW)

Please note, places are very limited and allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. For teams, a maximum of two representatives per team will be allowed.

1 pm, Friday 23 March 2018

Deadline for questions (submit them using the Contact form at the bottom of this page)

5 pm, Friday 23 March 2018

Deadline for answers, made available on the FAQs page of this website.

9 am, Wednesday 18 April 2018

Deadline for electronic submissions.

5 pm, Monday 23 April 2018

Deadline for hard copy submissions.
Please deliver to: Landscape Institute Competitions Office, ATTN: Healthy Garden City Competition [write in your unique registration number], 107 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8TZ

May 2018

Student category winners announced.

Professional category shortlisted teams announced.

5 pm Friday 6 July, 2017

Deadline for stage two submissions

w/c Monday 30 July 2018

Stage two judging, including interviews with shortlisted teams

September 2018

Public announcement of stage two competition winner



First prize: £2,000

Second prize: £1,000

2 x highly commended prizes: £500 each


At stage one, up to five individuals/teams will be selected to proceed to stage two of the competition.

At stage two, those shortlisted will be paid an honorarium of £3,000 and provided with a stage two brief to develop detailed designs for a site(s) specified by the competition organisers.


The winner of stage two of the professional category will be awarded a cash prize of £5,000 at the Landscape Institute annual conference, taking place at the University of Greenwich on 6 and 7 September 2018.


Michael Cassidy

Michael Cassidy CBE

Chair, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

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Michael Cassidy has been chairman of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation since it’s inception and is responsible for steering the delivery of the first Garden City for 100 years with up to 15,000 new homes and up to 30,000 new jobs.

Michael was previously chairman of the City of London Property Investment Board and has extensive experience in a range of roles across the business and industry sectors. Since he was first appointed as the chairman designate in 2014 he has been actively engaging with local partners and the major landowners to develop a shared understanding of the work required to drive forward development.

Christine Clarke

Christine Clarke

Head of Portfolio Management, Land Securities

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Christine has worked for over twenty years in Commercial Property, in the Portfolio Management field, previously for private equity investors (JER Partners, MGPA) and in the Operator/Developer field for McArthurGlen Group and as a freelance for a variety of owners and investors. Prior to this, Christine worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and for a variety of performing arts companies.

She currently heads Portfolio Management for Landsec and remains involved in the Ebbsfleet strategic land transactions. Christine is a Surveyor (MRICS), a member of the Investment Property Forum and a non-executive director of Bromford Housing Group.

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Kate Henderson

Chief Executive, TCPA

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Kate is Chief Executive of Britain’s oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA). She is responsible for leading the Association’s efforts to shape and advocate planning policies that put social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate.

Over the past decade Kate has raised the TCPA’s profile through a range of campaigns and policy initiatives, most notably around Garden Cities, affordable housing, poverty and climate change. She has been involved in a number of government panels and independent commissions including the Lyons Housing Review and the Raynsford Review of Planning.

Kate is a visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, a Board member of the International Federation of Housing & Planning, and has co-authored various books on planning, including Rebuilding Britain: Planning for a Better Future and, more recently, The Art of Building a Garden City: Building New Communities for the 21st Century.


Stephanie Holt

Head of Countryside and Sport, Kent County Council

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Stephanie is the Head of the Countryside, Leisure and Sport Group at Kent County Council. This Group brings together five services, including one of the largest portfolio of local government owned country parks in England; the hosting of four Countryside Partnerships; and the ‘blended’ team of the Kent County Sports Partnership within a wider Sport and Physical Activity Service. Stephanie graduated in 2017 from Canterbury Christ Church University with a University Certificate in Public Health Practice, and is passionate about the role of ‘place’ in helping determine a community’s health outcomes. Stephanie is the public health lead for KCC’s Growth, Environment and Transport directorate, and sits on Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Healthy New Town Steering Group.

Tom Lonsdale

Tom Lonsdale CMLI

Director, Placecraft

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Tom uses his training and extensive experience as a Landscape Architect to promote the highest quality in development of place.  His experience spans public, private and voluntary sectors, all at a senior and influential level.  He chose to retire from his own commercial practice, Camlin Lonsdale, at the height of its success, in order to concentrate on strategic mentoring in the fields of design review, enabling, competition judging, education and conference speaking.  He is a Design Council/CABE BEE and serves on or chairs numerous design review panels. He has a particular interest in multi-disciplinary collaboration and especially enjoys working with Artists.


Dr Sara McCafferty

NHS England

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Sara is a Senior Strategy Programme Manager and Programme Lead for Healthy New Towns; prior to this she worked in strategy and delivery teams at the Department of Health. Sara is on secondment from Newcastle University where she worked as an applied health economist and completed her PhD in Healthcare Management and Policy. Sara is passionate about using evidence more effectively to deliver system change.

Kevin McGeough

Kevin McGeough

Director, Ebbsfleet Garden City, Healthy New Town

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Kevin is Director for the pilot ‘Healthy New Town Programme’ at Ebbsfleet Garden City, an innovative initiative led by NHS England which explores how the design of new places and new services can work together to improve long-term health outcomes, and create a happier place to live and work.

As Head of Strategy and Place-making at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Kevin also has the overall responsibility for developing and delivering the Vision for Ebbsfleet as a 21st Century Garden City including the delivery of 15,000 new homes and up to 30,000 new jobs ‘where London meets the Garden of England’.

Kevin is an Architect and urban designer and in previous roles with Homes England and English Partnerships has led the delivery and production of a number of national best practice initiatives and publications, including the £60k house competition; Urban Design Compendium 2; delivering quality places; and HAPPI (Housing our ageing: population panel for innovation).

Tony Pidgley at the Sir Simon Milton statue unveil 4th April 2016

Tony Pidgley CBE

Chairman of the Berkeley Group plc

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Tony Pidgley CBE is Chairman of the Berkeley Group plc.

He left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director, before leaving to form Berkeley Homes in 1975.  The company enjoyed rapid growth, floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.

Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain’s best residential developers.  In 2017, Berkeley was ranked the second Most Admired Company in Britain across all sectors and is the only housebuilder to win the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development twice.

His expertise has been used to advise the recent Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land. He is also a trustee of Open City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2016, he was nominated New Londoner of the Year in recognition of his contribution to housebuilding across the capital.

Lord Matthew Taylor

Lord Matthew Taylor

Baron Taylor of Goss Moor

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Lord Matthew Taylor has advised successive governments on planning and housing policy for over a decade. In 2006-8 he conducted the planning and housing policy review “Living Working Countryside’ which laid the foundations for the National Planning Policy Framework and Neighbourhood Planning.  After he contributed to the final stages of the NPPF drafting, the Government appointed him in 2011-12 to lead a review of all the guidance which sits behind the NPPF. He led the creation of the new National Planning Practice Guidance suite replacing all previous Planning Guidance.

Most recently, Matthew Taylor developed the Garden Village & Towns concept (published as a Policy Exchange report in 2015), which was adopted as national policy at the March 2016 Budget. Lord Taylor continues to work with both DCLG and the HCA on implementing these ideas and the policy support for them. The first 14 Garden Villages were announced in January 2017.Matthew Taylor advises a number of Garden Village and Towns projects, including chairing the Carclaze Garden Village scheme in Cornwall.

From 2010 to 2016 Matthew Taylor was chair of the National Housing Federation. Matthew Taylor is an Honorary Member of the RTPI, Visiting Professor of Planning at Plymouth University, and Senior Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University’s School of Planning.

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Adam White FLI

President-Elect, Landscape Institute

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Adam White FLI is Director at Davies White Ltd, an award-winning practice that specialises in the creation of bespoke nature play spaces.  Established in 2008 with fellow landscape architect Andrée Davies, their awards include two RHS Gold Medals, two BBC People’s Choice Awards and an RHS Best in Show award at RHS Hampton in 2017 for their Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden.  The Wild Garden was created to promote inclusive playful landscapes whilst raising awareness of Nature Deficit Disorder and Plant Blindness.

Adam studied at Manchester Met University and in 2012 became the youngest ever Fellow of the LI and is author of the Play England publication Maintaining Playful Landscapes. In his spare time he is a keen rower, cyclist and swimmer. He is also co-director of Whites Sports Shop, established in 1901, it is officially the Worlds’ Oldest Sports Shop.

Adam is President-Elect of the Landscape Institute and you’ll find him on Twitter and Instagram by searching for @davies_white.


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