Garden designs on show to public

Ideas for London Eye back-drop come under review

Design concepts for a £5.5 million park revamp have been unveiled. Four ideas for a revitalised Jubilee Gardens — which is on the banks of the River Thames next to the London Eye — will be judged and a winner picked in June after analysis by Jubilee Gardens steering group (HW, 16 December). Thomas Heatherwick, Land Use Consultants and Dan Pearson unveiled a design that is based on 12 of the world’s largest growbags. Heatherwick explained he wanted to use rich planting designed by Pearson as the glue to hold together the plan. Edaw included a beach, while Gross Max went for floating gardens on the Thames, and West 8 for edge walls based on the white cliffs of Dover. Almost 200 people turned up to the public unveiling last week. Each of the team members talked to the public as a part of an open floor Q&A session. There were questions that encouraged the teams to evaluate how their designs would work — for example, to make more of a connection with the River Thames, and to produce something that is graffiti proof. Jubilee Gardens’ steering group is looking at the visitors’ feedback and will announce the winning design team in early June. South Bank Employers’ Group chief executive officer and steering group chair Ted Inman said: “The design teams have brought fresh, inspirational thinking to the space. These ideas have the potential to transform the face of the South Bank and the way people use and enjoy the gardens.”

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