The re-landscaping of Jubilee Gardens from a flat, featureless and often water-logged patch of grass into a new landmark park for London was spearheaded by South Bank Employers’ Group. The brief was to create a space which would be as soft and green as is sustainable, and the outcome is a wonderful new landscaped area, worthy of its Royal Jubilee associations and reflecting the quality of South Bank’s cultural organisations, tourist attractions and high profile businesses.
The re-developed Gardens were designed by Dutch landscape architects West 8 and constructed by Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd. The new Gardens include many appealing new features, including 10,700m2 of high quality turf; flowerbeds of the highest quality which are freshly planted every season, granite edges and pathways, 27 lighting columns, together with a brand new timber wood playground . Over 70 mature new trees have been planted including English and Pin Oaks, Common Beeches, Red Beeches, Sweetgums, Bald Cypresses and Small Leaved Limes.
The transformation of Jubilee Gardens has been made possible by the partnership of neighbouring landowners, local business and community organisations, who now make up the Jubilee Gardens Trust. The construction contract was led 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 £5m project was funded with contributions from Shell and the Coca-Cola London Eye, secured under planning agreements with Lambeth Council, as well as £1.5m from the Mayor of London (via Transport for London) and contributions from several charitable trusts. The 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.
Upon practical completion of the redevelopment project on 31 May 2012, the Trust took over responsibility for managing and maintaining the Gardens from Southbank Centre. The Jubilee Gardens Trust was formed in 2008 and the full Board was established in early 2011.
The Trust comprises up to 16 Trustees drawn from organisations representing local residents, local businesses, adjacent landowners and up to four individuals co-opted by the Trust Board. Ted Inman, former CEO of South Bank Employers’ Group, is Chair of Jubilee Gardens Trust. Alex Valenzuela, Director of Public Realm at South Bank Employers’ Group, has managed the project’s execution and timely delivery and now acts as General Manager for the Gardens, on behalf of Jubilee Gardens Trust.
For more information on Jubilee Gardens, visit the official website.