Plans to transform Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank in time for both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are on schedule, following the announcement of Frost Landscape Construction as the preferred bidder for the contract.
Lambeth Council granted planning approval for the park in December 2010, giving the green light to plans to transform this high-profile open space into a new green landmark for London which is part of the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors Programme. Designed by landscape architects West 8, Jubilee Gardens will become a lush, green park, with flower beds of the highest quality and over 70 new trees.
The announcement of a preferred bidder follows a competition under European procurement rules in which seven shortlisted companies were invited to submit tenders. Subject to the final stages of the procurement process it is expected that a contract will be let and work will start on site in September.
The transformation of the Gardens is being managed by the Jubilee Gardens Project Board, comprising Lambeth Council, which will let the contract, Southbank Centre, current owner of Jubilee Gardens, the Jubilee Gardens Trust, which will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the Gardens following the completion of the contract, and Transport for London, which is providing funding towards the project on behalf of the Mayor. Other funding is from Shell and the EdFEnergy London Eye under planning agreements with Lambeth Council, and contributions from several charitable trusts.
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- For background information: www.jubileegardens.org.uk
- About West 8
West 8 is a cutting-edge practice which delivers ground-breaking urban parks and public spaces. Set up in 1987 as an international team of architects, urban designers and industrial designers, West 8 designs landscape interventions, urban plans, squares, parks and gardens worldwide. www.west8.nl
- Lambeth Council has secured major contributions from planning agreements for the transformation of Jubilee Gardens and is playing a leading role in the project.
- Jubilee Gardens is one of the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors projects, which aim ‘to transform the every day experience of London’s outdoor spaces and create beautifully designed oases throughout the capital’s urban jungle’.
- Southbank Centre holds Jubilee Gardens on a long lease from the Arts Council. Key to the transformation project is the commitment of Southbank Centre to transfer responsibility for the Gardens to an independent Trust.
- The Jubilee Gardens Trust brings together landowners, local businesses and community representatives who have been working with key funders, Lambeth Council and Transport for London.
- The responsibility for managing and maintaining the Gardens following construction will fall to the Trust.
- South Bank Employers’ Group is an association of 17 major organisations in the South Bank, Waterloo and Blackfriars committed to promoting and improving the neighbourhood. It has had a leading role in the Jubilee Gardens project for 10 years.