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New RIBA International Design Competition: London Vauxhall The Missing Link


14 January 2013

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the launch of a new international design competition for Vauxhall on London's South Bank.

Vauxhall is at the heart of a huge new Area of Opportunity and Vauxhall One, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall, are seeking design ideas to improve and enhance the public realm, providing the 'Missing Link' between the New US Embassy Quarter and the cultural offering of London's South Bank.

The competition is open to registered architects, landscape designers and architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines worldwide. As with the New York 'High Line' competition multi-disciplinary design teams are encouraged.

Two copies of a single A1 board (one laminated for outdoor use) containing design ideas are required for stage one and it is the intention to shortlist 3 schemes for the second stage with each shortlisted entrant receiving honoraria of £2,000 + VAT. There will also be a prize for the best student entry of £500.

All entries will be exhibited during April 2013 at both the Garden Museum and on an outdoor cultural trail through the parks and railway arches of Vauxhall.

Chris Law, Public Realm and Development Director at Vauxhall One said:

'Here's to an exciting 2013. The level of interest in Vauxhall and the RIBA / Landscape Institute competition is high. We look forward to highly innovative and visionary entries. The urban landscape of Vauxhall is changing fast and the public realm is the key. We want to create sustainable green links that connect the parks and open spaces to each other and 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. But above all, we want an architectural and landscape language fit for the Twenty First Century. Design innovation and flair are our key aspirations.'

Doreen Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and Jury Panel member for the competition said: 

'It is an honour to be asked to be a panel member for the competition to develop the Vauxhall area. I am looking forward to seeing what the competition will deliver to an area that has being crying out for something special for so long.' 

For further details and to enter please visit the competition website at www.ribacompetitions.com/vauxhallthemissinglink|.  

The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 12 March 2013.


Notes to editors

Please ensure that RIBA Competitions and Vauxhall One are credited when mentioning the above competition. RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run design and architectural competitions. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions|.



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