A commute on foot through London’s streets can often feel like a sea of concrete and petrol-fuelled roads, but a little bit of green along the South Bank is being planned to put a slice of nature back into Lambeth. London-based firms Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons design for a new flood-reducing rain garden beat 100 entries to win a competition to improve the area’s cycle and walkways. The proposed ‘greenway’ will stretch from the Garden Museum down to Vauxhall’s Spring Gardens and aims to resurrect the neglected parks and Victorian railway arches with walkways and cycle paths punctuated by bursts of culture with a food-themed park, open-air auditorium in Spring Gardens and artworks in Pedlar’s Park.
The plans are hoped to be the London equivalent of New York’s incredibly popular High Line park on a disused railway line. The competition was run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and Vauxhall One Business Improvement District. Chris Law, a director at Vauxhall One, claimed that the winning design was ‘quirky and fun but very implementable. It shows a clear understanding of the history of the Pleasure Gardens and the area’s Victorian railway arches and buildings, while using forward-thinking concepts to combat flooding.’ The idea will now be fully cemented and funded by Vauxhall One. We’ll bring you updates as we get them.