Designing a healthy city

An international design competition launched in March 2018 to create a healthy environment for Ebbsfleet Garden City.

The aim of the Healthy Garden City contest is to design an attractive landscape to encourage residents, visitors and workers to become more active, in what is described as a "challenging landscape" within Ebbsfleet, which has also been designated one of 10 Healthy New Towns by NHS England.

The initiative focuses on new housing developments looking to develop effective healthcare facilities to encourage wellbeing within the local population.

Organised by the Landscape Institute, the month-long competition will be judged by a panel which includes Michael Cassidy CBE, chairman of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Lord Matthew Taylor, who has advised successive governments on planning and housing policy for over a decade, Kate Henderson, chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association and Tony Pidgley CBE, chairman of the Berkeley Group.

Prizes ranging from £500 to £5,000 will be on offer through two stages of the competition up to the final, with ideas forming part of an exhibition later in the year, with both professional designers and students competing in two separate categories.

Cassidy said: "Ebbsfleet Garden City's landscape with its white chalk cliffs, open, green spaces and lakes provides us with a unique opportunity to provide a landscape that challenges the norm.

"Healthy living is also a great motivation for people and people taking part will be challenged to be as creative as they can to use the garden city's existing landscape to its full potential."

The competition closes on 18 April, with the winners to be announced in September 2018.