Northern Design Awards 2013: We are Finalists!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been chosen finalists in the Northern Design Awards 2013.

We are up for the Best Residential Landscaping Award, which is so exciting! Judging will be decided on 22nd November, so watch this space for updates.

I’m looking forward to the awards dinner and ceremony, hosted by Lanchashire’s own Wayne Hemingway MBE (of ‘Red or Dead’ fame). Check out our entry and see what you think of our scheme here.

Here’s a sneak preview of the scheme that is up for the award:


This is a brand new project that has only just been finished, in Bolton. The scheme features a series of contemporary, low-maintenance outdoor spaces, overlooking lovely mature woodland, for a young professional family. The garden is practical, with areas for dining out on the deck, breakfasting, and sunbathing on the terrace. There is a good sized lawn area and a built-in barbeque.

As well as being comfortable and liveable-in, this garden is aesthetically sophisticated. The planting is minimal and modern with an exotic feel, using grasses and architectural plants such as phormium. We have used colour strategically and sparsely. The scheme comes together around two stainless steel water features, free-standing and striking. At night the garden comes alive with a dramatic lighting scheme that enhances the effect of every feature.


What I love most about this design, though, is how truly it reflects the clients’ own style, and how happy they are with it. To give you a sense of this, I’ll let them speak for themselves:

“We commissioned David Andersen to create and design a contemporary garden to reflect our mood and personality. We had previously rejected other design proposals for their lack of an integrated design that would encompass complementary areas. David was a paragon of creativity and implementation. Not only did he answer our challenging brief but understood our underlying sentiment for the garden. His proposal was very well considered and supported by 3D rendered visuals. David has a real passion for his craft and it shows.

The build was an interactive creative process. The sign of a truly professional designer is one who is not scared or proud to listen to or learn from the client and vice versa. Throughout the design and build process we challenged each other’s perception of how a contemporary garden should look and ended up with a transformation to suit our lifestyle and future requirements. Coupled with an elegant planting scheme of textured and luscious greens and smells that contextualise the furniture, water features and tableware on display.

I can confidently say that our garden is now like another room to us because we get so much use from it and we are always proud to arrive home to it. The workmanship and attention to detail is truly stunning and I would recommend David Andersen Contemporary Gardens to anyone.”