London public-realm competition launch for Europe's biggest building site

Design chiefs have launched a public-realm design competition for what will become one of Europe's largest and busiest building sites.

The RIBA Vauxhall competition logo (image: RIBA Competitions)
The RIBA Vauxhall competition logo (image: RIBA Competitions)

RIBA Competitions is looking for designers to look at external spaces in the Vauxhall area of London. The project run by Vauxhall One, a new business improvement district (BID), aims to transform a down-at-heal area into a smart new quarter around a new US embassy.

The completion, called the Missing Link, aims to unify the area between the new embassy quarter and London’s South Bank. Landscape architects, urban designers, architects and students are invited to enter.

"As with the New York High Line competition multi-disciplinary design teams are encouraged," said a spokeswoman, adding that entries would be exhibited during April 2013 at the Garden Museum and an "outdoor cultural trail" through local parks and railway arches.

Vauxhall One public realm and development director Chris Law said: "Vauxhall is changing fast and the public realm is critical. We want to create sustainable green links through the district and on to the river Thames.

"We want to connect the new American embassy to London’s South Bank with new green and cultural trails, which tell the story of the area’s rich and colourful past in the architectural and landscape language of the 21st century. We’re looking for creative design innovation."

The competition, to be officially launched on 14 January when the competition website goes live, has a closing date of 12 March. 

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