RIBA Competitionsare excited 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.
At present, the public realm is dominated by a notorious traffic gyratory and a spine of railway arches that cut most of Vauxhall off from the river. However, investment is coming to the area with development schemes including Battersea Power Station and the new Damien Hirst gallery; and with it comes the opportunity to face up to the challenge of the disconnected places and railway arches.
The competition aims to create vibrant Green Links and strong Urban connections. They want the public realm to create a striking and strong new identity for Vauxhall, so it is clear to employees, residents and visitors that ideas and energy are what Vauxhall is all about.
All of the competition entries will be on public display during April 2013 at both the Garden Museum and an outdoor cultural trail through the parks and railway arches of Vauxhall. The result will be announced by the end of May.
The RIBA is delighted that Doreen Lawrence of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust will act as a Jury Panel member. Doreen Lawrence 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.'