Canary Wharf landscape competition winners show rainy summer days

Two landscape architectural students have won a competition for a temporary riverside open-air display next to one of London’s prestigious riverside developments at Canary Wharf for the summer Olympics.

Alick Nee and Danny Mitchell have come up with a vision of how Wood Wharf will look like in the run-up to and during the Games when thousands of spectators pour into London.

They won a competition with their design celebrating ‘the Great British Summer’ depicting a meadow of wild flowers divided by paths in the shape of the Union Jack.

“Britain is famous for its changeable weather which has washed-out Wimbledon,” Alick Nee explained. “Our design has the wind and the wet, the beers on the beach, canopies of umbrellas, billowing fields of windsocks above a meadow and a picnic lawn with screens showing the Olympic events.”

They get �3,000 from Canary Wharf Group and month-long internships at Townshend’s landscape architects.

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The competition attracted 120 entries from all over Britain. Artist impressions of the 14 shortlisted entries are now on display in the lobby at One Canada Square in Canary Wharf until May 6.

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