Take Two - UPM Tilhill scoops BALI National Landscape Awards

(UPM, 11 December, 2008) - UPM Tilhill, the UK's leading landscaping, arboriculture and environmental works company, has scooped two awards at the BALI National Landscape Awards ceremony, London. The annual BALI National Landscape Awards showcase the high levels of professionalism attained by members of the British Association of Landscape Industries.

UPM Tilhill’s Midlands District won the National Monument Special Award for its role in creating the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas in Staffordshire. The company’s North West England District won in the 'Land Renewal and Regeneration' category for its renovation and regeneration work in the Pennine village of Nenthead.

The Armed Forces Memorial conceives of the landscape setting as an integral part of the design, which includes an ascending spiral path lined with evergreen oak trees towards the heart of the composition Portland stone structure. UPM Tilhill was awarded the £200,000 landscaping contract from Osborne.

“Congratulations to UPM Tilhill,” said Paul Holmes, Osborne Site Manager. “The landscaping team successfully overcame the challenges faced by a demanding and precise brief. The result is a stunning memorial that unites the landscape and sculptural elements to powerful effect.”

Renovation and regeneration of the Pennine village of Nenthead was undertaken by UPM Tilhill’s North West England District on behalf of Cumbria County Council. Work involved the landscaping of three sites across the village: a recycling centre; a children's play area; and a picnic site. UPM Tilhill was able to ensure all materials used in the project were sourced locally.

“The project is a testimony to the skill and quality of service provided by UPM Tilhill,” said Richard Moore of Cumbria County Council’s Economic Development Unit. “It demonstrates how regeneration projects like this bring benefits all round - boosting the local economy, enhancing the village landscape and improving the day to day lives of local people.”

 

Background Information
The BALI Awards - recognise and celebrate good landscaping practice. The awards showcase the talent and high standards reached by BALI members, who go through a vetting process to join the organisation.

Recognised as the premier industry awards, they reward those BALI members who have demonstrated exceptional standards of workmanship and professionalism. An independent panel of judges visits each shortlisted entry to assess a range of criteria, including the complexity of the scheme, the contractor’s response to, and interpretation of, the design, and the consistent use of superior materials.

Special Awards aim to acknowledge particular skills demonstrated in the construction of a scheme or the attention paid to the end requirements of a scheme, which are not honoured elsewhere in the Award categories.

UPM Tilhill is the UK's leading landscaping, arboriculture and environmental works company. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to civil engineers, developers, landscape architects and local authorities as well as landowners. The company is a member of BALI and is registered with Construction Line, Achilles and Link-up, and has a CSCS Gold Standard Certificate.

UPM is one of the world’s leading forest products groups. The Group's sales in 2007 were EUR 10 billion, and it has about 26,000 employees. UPM's main products include printing papers, label materials and wood products. The company has production units in 14 countries and its main market areas are Europe and North America. UPM's shares are listed on stock exchange in Helsinki, and the company has an ADR programme on the OTC market in the United States.