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Jubilee Gardens design contest opens

A contest is now under way to find a design team to redevelop Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank.

On behalf of the Jubilee Gardens Steering Group, South Bank Employers' Group has issued an OJEU Design Contest Notice in connection with a two-stage Open Project Competition to find a design team to redevelop Jubilee Gardens.  The closing date for requests to participate in the competition is 17 September 2004.

The Jubilee Gardens Steering Group is tasked with improving the park, in order to provide a better quality experience for both visitors and the community. In June, interim improvements were undertaken with the extensive re-turfing of the site and the installation of a new irrigation system, supported by British Airways London Eye, South Bank Centre and Lambeth Council.

It is anticipated that public consultation on the long-term plans for the park will commence in the autumn.

The first stage of the competition is open to all professional designers, who are invited to create a consortium or team able to demonstrate both the technical ability and financial and economic standing required to deliver the redevelopment of Jubilee Gardens.

These submissions will be evaluated and a shortlist will be invited to take part in the second stage of the competition. This will involve the preparation of a concept design in response to a detailed project brief and evaluation criteria.

The Design Contest Jury, which comprises the Jubilee Gardens Steering Group, will then select the winning team.

Those teams invited to the second stage of the competition will be entitled to an honorarium.

The South Bank Centre is currently the leaseholder for Jubilee Gardens, and agreed in January 2003 to work with local stakeholders to create a world class park and establish a trust.

Jubilee Gardens Steering Group was therefore formed in 2003 to oversee both the redevelopment of the site and the creation of an independent trust to manage its future. The Steering Group includes the British Airways London Eye, Coin Street Community Builders, the Friends of Jubilee Gardens as well as neighbours Shell and Shirayama Corporation. Other Waterloo community and regeneration bodies are also represented.

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