Stone Federation Awards

BCAL has scooped the Landscape category award at the Stone Federation Awards 2014 for Douglas Town Centre Regeneration! The Natural Stone Awards is a biennial awards set up to celebrate the best and brightest of natural stone construction projects from across the industry.

The judges comments:

“Through establishing a holistic relationship with the environment, this project is founded in an island-wide concept that aspires to link regenerated towns to a potential growth in the Manx economy.

This continuity has been achieved through adopting a well-researched portfolio of various colours and materials that stem from a fusion of the Island’s natural hues. In these initial phases of the comprehensive Douglas Town Centre project, the Island’s historical heritage is also acknowledged through incorporating public realm art in the streetscape design through the use of a variety of coloured and finished granites.


The stonework brings brightness and light into the heart of the Island’s capital, the results are already uplifting and enhancing the area; instilling pride and commitment across the diverse range of retailers, where associated grant-aided property upgrades are now also evident. These initial phases are an undoubted success in moving towards the Island’s objectives.


The judges were particularly impressed with the water-cut marquetry in stone that appear as 3D streetscape motifs based on aspects of the Island.


One of the challenges posed by the project was the steps required to integrate the needs of the utility companies. This was achieved through carefully detailed and orientated access manholes, directional drainage channels and street lighting columns. The overall project design has unified the various street footprints and maximises on the town’s layout to take full advantage of sunlight.


From its integrated original concept to its careful specifying and precision installation, this is an exemplary scheme.”

For further design development information on the A – Y of Manx, click here.


Department of Infrastructure

Landscape Architect:-

BCA Landscape

Principal Stone Contractor:-

Department of Infrastructure

Graphic Designer:

Smiling Wolf

Stone Supplier:-

Hardscape Products Limited

Stone Used:-

Chinese Granites – various types