Her Majesty The Queen visited Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank to open the new Gardens and to mark the completion of the Gardens’ £5m re-landscaping to create a new green landmark for London.
The Queen was able to view the new Jubilee Gardens which have been transformed from what was a flat and featureless patch of grass into a soft, green and sustainable landscape of the highest quality, with new flowerbeds, high quality turf, elegant granite edges alongside a new granite path network, lighting columns, benches, trees and a brand new playground.
The £5m project was funded with a combined contribution from Shell and the EDF Energy London Eye of more than £3m via Lambeth Council, as well as £1.5m from the Mayor of London (via Transport for London) and contributions from several charitable trusts.
To celebrate the official opening of the new Jubilee Gardens, Her Majesty unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit, mounted alongside panels showcasing the site’s history, and also re-displaying the plaque The Queen unveiled in 1977. The Gardens were first created to celebrate The Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, and it is particularly fitting that, 35 years on, The Queen returned to open the new Jubilee Gardens in this Diamond Jubilee year.
The transformation of Jubilee Gardens has been made possible by a close partnership of neighbouring landowners, local businesses and community organisations, which now make up the Jubilee Gardens Trust.
Today the Royal Party was welcomed by Sir David Brewer, the Lord Lieutenant for Greater London, the Mayor and Mayoress of Lambeth, Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, Ted Inman OBE, Chair of the Jubilee Gardens Trust, Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, representing the Mayor of London, Councillor Lorna Campbell, representing the Leader of Lambeth Council, and Alan Bishop, Chief Executive of Southbank Centre. Her Majesty then met a number of those involved in the design and construction of the Gardens, trustees of the Jubilee Gardens Trust and representatives of funders.
Ted Inman, Chair of the Jubilee Gardens Trust said: “The Trustees, who represent local community and business organisations, are proud to be managing this hugely popular new open space for London. It was a great privilege for us that The Queen came today to open the new Jubilee Gardens.”
Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall said: “Her Majesty’s visit was an honour for us all and wonderful recognition of the hard work of all the different organisations and individuals and the entire local community over many years to create these beautiful new Gardens.”
The re-developed Gardens were designed by Dutch landscape architects West 8 and constructed by Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd. The construction contract was let by Lambeth Council and overseen by the Jubilee Gardens Project Board comprising Lambeth Council, Southbank Centre, the Jubilee Gardens Trust and Transport for London. The contract was jointly managed by South Bank Employers’ Group and the Council. The new Jubilee Gardens has been supported by Kate Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Shirayama Corporation, owner of the adjacent County Hall.