Chelsea goes to Vauxhall – Hugo Bugg and the Vauxhall Missing Link Rain Gardens

Gardeners Question Time, recorded in the Teahouse Theatre, will be broadcast Sunday 17 MayIn 2014, 27 year old Hugo Bugg became the youngest ever winner of a Chelsea Gold for a show garden with his RBC Waterscape Garden. Hugo wanted to relocate his winning design in the heart of a public place as part of urban regeneration. He wanted it to be publically accessible and show some of the sustainable re-use of water ideas in the Public Realm. So at the end of Chelsea last year Hugo and the Royal Bank of Canada teamed up with Vauxhall One, the Business Improvement district, Transport for London, Lambeth Highways and The Mayor’s Pocket Park programme, to regenerate a forgotten part of London’s South Bank.

Press and Events so far;

  1. RHS ‘The Garden’ magazine – features the RBC Waterscape Garden relocation in the April 2015 issue.
  2. Radio 4 Gardeners Question Time being recorded from the Tea House Theatre on Vauxhall Walk, next to the RBC Waterscape Garden & Missing Link Rain Gardens on Sunday 17th May for Chelsea Week.
  3. Chelsea Fringe are majorly featuring the RBC Waterscape Garden and Missing Link in their press and PR for this year’s Fringe.
  4. Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council, and Hugo Bugg opened the Garden and Missing Link on Friday 15th May at a launch event sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada.

In 2013 Vauxhall One ran an Urban Design Competition with RIBA and the Landscape Institute for sustainable ways to improve the public realm and connectivity South of the River.

The competition gained a staggering 200 entries from 21 different countries all over the world. Erect Architecture with J&L Gibbons Landscape Architects were chosen as the unanimous winners for their outstanding entry ‘The Vauxhall Promenade of Curiosities’. This super project proposed a sustainable Green Trail that connected Vauxhall’s parks and new developments to the South Bank using a planted walkway.  The proposals were featured on the ITN 6 o’clock news on Monday 8th April 2013. www.ribacompetitions.com/vauxhallthemissinglink

As part of TfL and The Mayor’s Pocket Park programme, both these super schemes use an ingenious SUDs scheme that reduces the risk of flooding by taking rainwater from the street drains and re-directing it into lovely planted rain gardens.

The RBC Waterscape Garden was transplanted to Vauxhall in the Summer and Autumn of 2014 and the Missing Link Rain Gardens are being planted on Vauxhall Walk, London SE11 5HL in March 2015 by the Horticultural Apprentices of the Award Winning Not-for Profit organisation – Streetscape – that trains unemployed Lambeth young-people back into full time employment. Not only does it look great, but it creates local jobs.

Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Lambeth Council and Vauxhall One on this fantastic project which will transform this part of Vauxhall. This is part of our commitment to invest in and improving cycling and walking routes, as well as projects that help transform London’s public spaces and improve air quality.”

The first phase of the Vauxhall Missing Link is now complete right next to the Hugo Bugg Garden. Please come and visit in this Spring.

Chris Law RIBA – Public Realm & Development Director, Vauxhall One BID –chris.law@vauxhallone.co.uk  07932 024423

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