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Competition launches for green infrastructure in London’s Vauxhall

The Vauxhall One Business Improvement District (BID) is to launch a green infrastructure competition inspired by the LI’s High Line for London contest.

In contrast to the High Line competition, the intention with the Vauxhall One contest is that the winning result will actually be built.

Run by the RIBA, with the support of the Landscape Institute and the Garden Museum, the competition launches formally on 14 January. It will then go live on the RIBA competitions website.

The competition is called ‘London Vauxhall – The Missing Link’, and is intended to create appealing connections between the new American Embassy district at Nine Elms and the cultural hub of the South Bank.

Chris Law, public realm and development director at Vauxhall One, explained, ‘The BID was predicated on improving the area for existing businesses and attracting new ones. The key to that is to fund public realm improvements.’

He said he was impressed by the entries to the High Line for London Competition and by the enthusiasm show at last autumn’s High Line symposium, run at the Garden Museum and where the competition was judged. ‘Both Christopher Woodward [director of the Garden Museum] and the Landscape Institute said that it would be great to have a real site. We anticipate that a lot of the same entrants will want to work on this competition. The area is a who’s who of international architects. We anticipate that architectural entrants and landscape entrants will be of a very high standard.’

As with the High Line for London competition, entries from multi-disciplinary teams will be encouraged. The closing date for first-stage entries will be 12 March. All entries will be exhibited at the Garden Museum in April and also as part of an outdoor cultural trail running through the parks and railway arches of Vauxhall.

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