West 8 is announced as the winning design team picked to turn the much discussed Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank into a "world class" park.
The Jubilee Gardens Steering Group, which is leading the redevelopment and represents local business, community and statutory authority interests, envisages creating a garden which is as soft and green as is sustainable. Their choice of design team has been echoed by the majority of responses from over 279 members of the public who took part in a range of consultation activities in May to assess the concepts of four shortlisted design teams.
The sophisticated landscaping creates paths which are fluid and inviting, prime lookout points which frame dramatic, panoramic views of the Thames, the London skyline and the South Bank, and intimate spaces where people can find their own space to relax and enjoy the micro-climate. At night, a theatrical spectacle of light will subtly animate and play with the new weaving landscape.
"West 8 has cleverly balanced the numerous demands on this site by conceiving a garden which is not only a visual landmark worthy of its position in central London but also a space which local residents and employees will enjoy."
"Jubilee Gardens is one of the most promising sites in the heart of London – an open site on the Thames surrounded by world- class cultural facilities, linked to the South Bank, Waterloo and the City," remarked Adriaan Geuze, partner of West 8. "We are delighted to be selected for such a vital and prestigious project.
"The scheme has been close to our hearts for some time now and we welcome the opportunity to realise the scheme alongside a strong and motivated design team. This will be a milestone in West 8's evolution, offering the chance to give physical form to our vision for a public space promoting intimacy, playfulness and exploration. We thank the people of Lambeth and the Steering Group for their support and look forward to contributing to this vibrant and growing neighbourhood of London."
It is anticipated that a final design will be submitted to planning at the end of the year, following further in-depth consultation with local residents, employees and businesses. The various consultation activities will be promoted throughout the area. Residents are also encouraged to register for email updates in order to receive invites to events and project news.