Plants win prizes

4th BALI Award for UAE landscape firm Planters.

Times Square.
Times Square.

Established in the UAE in 1979, interior landscape specialist, Planters, added to its awards cabinet last month after winning the much sought after BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) award for its design of the Sharjah Botanical Museum, which is slated for opening at the start of October.

Planters was amongst 130 nominations in the International Award category and Jonathan Pardoe, partner of Planters suggests that the challenge of sourcing particular plants in this region may be one of the reasons behind the accolade: "There are only a handful of projects similar to this around the world. Our execution of the brief and the fact that we managed to supply most of the species selected by the designer, in spite of the fact that some of these plants are never seen in interior landscapes due to their rarity and the difficulty in nurturing them [may have attracted the judges attention]," he told CID.

Pardoe described the design concept for the museum: "The project is based around the Cretaceous period, when the dinosaurs were dying out and primitive flowering plants were beginning to emerge. It is intended to give visitors the experience of walking through a primitive rainforest and look at the types of plants that were thriving then. These include primitive flowering plants such as Magnolia, Gingko biloba (Maidenhair tree) Zantedeschia (lilies), tree ferns, cycads and ferns." The most difficult to plant was the 7.5m Metasequioa weighing 2.5 ton. "For this, we used a crane and a lot of patience to enable us to manoeuvre it in to a position to successfully plant," he explained.

This is Planters 4th BALI award and clearly signals the coveted international industry recognition it has garnered for projects such as The Forest Walk in JW Marriot, Dubai and the Officers Club in Abu Dhabi. Pardoe commented: "We are delighted to win this 4th Award from BALI as it demonstrates the skill and expertise of our company in tackling and executing such challenging projects. This is a wonderful pat-on-the-back for our staff and proof of their dedication and commitment to providing the very best in interior landscaping to our clients."

Planters was recently contracted by the Sharaf Group and National Engineering Bureau to landscape the interior of the newly launched Times Square Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. This project involved installing over 7,000 plants over a 17,500m² floor space and the landscape giant is currently working on designs for Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, Monarch Hotel, Burj Old Town and Dubai Airshow among others.

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