A design team featuring landscape architects J&L Gibbons have been shortlisted for the international competition to redesign Vauxhall’s public realm.
Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons (JLG), together with Cedric Chausse and Charlotte Portier, and Moscow-based Blank Architects, were selected from 100 entries by a judging panel that included LI president Sue Illman, RIBA president Angela Brady and Doreen Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
‘We and JLG are both delighted to be shortlisted in a competition for what is a very alive yet neglected and disjointed area of Central London,’ commented Erect Architecture director Susanne Tutsch. ‘The area has such a rich context and history that it would be an absolute pleasure to work on making it an exciting place to experience and better place to live in.’
The winning student entry is from Frances Kellerman, Jeffrey Ziemann, Taylor Massey and Lauren Richter, from the University of Texas, Austin.
The aim of the competition is to create a striking new identity for the area in and around Vauxhall, a stretch of land between the new US Embassy and London’s South Bank, that has been dubbed the ‘Missing Link’.
The shortlisted entries are now on display at London’s Garden Museum and on an Outdoor Trail through the Rail Arches and Parks of Vauxhall.
Vauxhall is at the heart of Nine Elms on the South Bank, the £15 billion ‘opportunity area’ between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge which includes Vauxhall town centre, the new US Embassy and Battersea Power Station.
The entries were judged on a number of criteria including opportunities for green intervention, inventiveness, viability and complimenting of existing developments to ensure a joined up and considered public realm for the entire area.
Each of the winners will receive a prize of £2,000, with the student winner receiving £500. The winning entries have a month to expand their initial ideas in line with the GLA Green Infrastructure Audit before presenting to the judging panel. A final winner will then be chosen to work with the Vauxhall One team on the five-year programme of work.