J&L Gibbons with Erect Architecture has won the international competition to re-design the public realm in the Vauxhall area of Nine Elms, London
Over the last month the three shortlisted entrants have had a chance to expand their initial ideas, along with a green infrastructure audit from the Mayor’s Office, before presenting back to the judging panel. The winning team has landed a five-year programme of work with the Vauxhall One team.
The winning plan, voted for by all the judges, is said to demonstrate understanding of the site, history and context, to offer exceptional design flair and innovation, and to exhibit excellent understanding of green infrastructure. In addition the design was described as quirky and fun. Entitled The Promenade of Curiosities, it focuses on the creation of a Vauxhall Walkway and improvements to Vauxhall Gardens and Railway Arches.
Chris Law, public realm and development director for Vauxhall One, commented: ‘We were absolutely delighted with all the entries. It shows what level of design interest there is in Vauxhall. But the Erect/ J&L Gibbons entry was really special. It has so many quirky and innovative features. We really want to make a difference by regenerating Vauxhall through green and sustainable measures and their entry was outstanding.’
The competition was judged by a panel of high profile figures (including LI president Sue Illman; Christopher Woodward, director of the Garden Museum and Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence) and entries were judged on a number of criteria, including opportunities for green intervention, inventiveness, viability and complementing existing planning to ensure a joined-up and considered public realm for the entire area.
The aim is to create a striking new identity for the area in and around Vauxhall – a stretch of land dubbed the ‘missing link’ between the new US Embassy and London’s South Bank. 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.