Vauxhall public realm design ideas sought

A view of Vauxhall across the River Thames

Design ideas are being sought from urban designers, landscape designers and architects to improve the public realm in Vauxhall, south London.

The RIBA London Vauxhall – The Missing Link International Design Ideas Competition is being launched with Vauxhall One, the new Business Improvement District (BID) for the area, and is looking for a designers or multi-disciplinary teams to suggest ideas to improve and enhance the public realm in Vauxhall, providing the ‘Missing Link’ between the New US Embassy Quarter and London’s South Bank.

The RIBA says the competition is also open to urban design and architecture students.

Chris Law, public realm and development director at Vauxhall One, says,

‘Vauxhall is changing fast and the public realm is critical. We want to create sustainable green links through the district and on to the river Thames.

‘We want to connect the New American Embassy to London’s South Bank with new green and cultural trails, which tell the story of the area’s rich and colourful past in the architectural and landscape language of the Twenty First Century. We’re looking for creative design innovation.’

RIBA says it is hoped that all entries to the competition will be exhibited in April next year at south London’s Garden Museum and in an outdoor trail through Vauxhall’s parks and railway arches.

The competition will launch on 14 January 2013 when the competition website will go live. The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 12 March 2013. 

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