The European Federation of Landscaping Groups Ltd (eFIG) recently honoured OCS with a top award and accolade – Gold Leaf Award for Design and Installation and Judges’ Commendation at the 2010 eFIG Awards. At the awards ceremony at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, top industry recognition was given to the work of OCS’s horticulture team at NAPP Pharmaceuticals in the Cambridge Science Park.
Awards entries were judged on scope, realization, practicability and innovation against the client brief ; overall impression, including visual impact and originality; quality and finish of construction; design, colour and texture of planting, as well balance of planting and hard landscaping and appropriate use of real and artificial planting.
At Napp Pharmaceuticals, the OCS team was involved from the early stages with creating an interior planting concept to enhance the working environment and complement the client’s vision for their brand new state-of-the-art office building. The excellent communication and relationship with the client was instrumental in creating the fresh, bright and vibrant workplace for NAPP staff and the result is unique in performing a central design role within the building and not simply an ancillary function.
Colour and form were core to the design philosophy and these were used to delineate spaces and work areas in the very modern open-plan building with large expanses of glass. The colour palette was based on cool, warm and neutral tones: natural tones on the ground floor to create an inspirational first impression, warm colours to reflect the high activity and creative nature of the first floor and cool colours on the second floor to create calm and tranquillity. Planter design had a strong influence on creating a striking and aesthetically pleasing result along with plant displays which were colour matched to interior accent colours.
OCS is a top UK provider of a comprehensive range of horticulture services including landscape design and build, grounds maintenance, interior landscaping, arboriculture and street cleansing. The Group has an extensive portfolio of clients ranging from Government sites to corporate HQs, shopping malls, leisure centres and schools.