Residential and commercial landscaping specialists, Luijten Landscaping Limited stole the show winning awards at the Registered Master Landscapes – Landscapes of Distinction Awards 2019. They won the bronze medal for the Glen Innes Community Housing Project; another bronze medal for a residential pool project for a Westmere family; the silver medal Manurewa Intermediate Amphitheatre project and two gold medals for the outdoor education areas for Manurewa West Primary School and the Pacific Barbeque Area at Manurewa Intermediate.
The Landscapes of Distinction Awards celebrate the best projects by landscape industry professionals, this year including no less than 18 entry category choices across residential, commercial and revegetation works. Each award is independently judged by a panel of leading New Zealand landscape industry practitioners. It is held annually and brings the best of landscape design, construction, horticulture and maintenance to the fore.
With their work in Auckland schools, Luijten Landscaping has transformed outdoor spaces in interactive learning and zones. At the Manurewa West School, Luijten Landscaping started work on a sloped grass area which was really hard to maintain and turned it into a discovery garden reflecting the local community. The area was transformed with palms and tropical planting, paths of different materials, a bridge over a dry river bed, seats and balancing beams, rocks, and even a fire pit. The area is mature now and a joy for the children to discover. Many areas followed, including the entrance and office area landscaping with new elements added every year. The last one, completed in 2018, are four outdoor classrooms, a real addition to the school while they are refurbishing some of their indoor classrooms.
Manurewa Intermediate was one of the first schools to identify that inspiring outdoor areas would benefit students and staff alike. Luijten Landscaping worked on the amphitheatre, and the school grounds now have been transformed with herb and vegetable gardens, outdoor BBQ areas, wooden walkways and an orchard that have been added.
The Community Project in Glen Innes has been a prestigious, large project for Luijten Landscaping. The project has involved the redevelopment of 156 properties to create 260 new homes, of which 78 will be owned by Housing New Zealand. Another 40 homes will be owned by other social or community providers with the remainder for private sale. Luijten Landscaping designers have been involved from the start to make sure there is cohesion in the street planting and that the community gardens will be user-friendly and low maintenance.
Luijten Landscaping has been working with homes and commercial establishments in Auckland for almost two decades. Their team consists of professional landscapers and project managers with credible, practical experience and a number of landscape apprentices who are at varying stages of their apprenticeship. They also have an in-house design team that can bring fantastic landscaping solutions for all types of outdoor spaces.