Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Urban Framework

The London Borough of Lambeth commissioned DSDHA in 2005 to develop a long-term Urban Framework Plan for the future of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, a historic park known then as Vauxhall Spring Gardens. The strategy was to be adopted for the incremental development of the then poorly maintained park. 

The site contains 5 vertically designated strips of activity moving from a ‘world city’ zone to a ‘pastoral community’ zone to the East adjacent to the Vauxhall City Farm. Through reclaiming part of Albert Embankment roadway as part of the park and providing improved access through the railway viaduct, DSDHA proposed that the scheme reconnects the large residential areas that border its North, East and South edges to the river. 

By devising a series of revenue generating buildings to be constructed on the perimeter of the site, DSDHA were able to go beyond the original scope of the brief and bring added value. These include, retail, office and residential schemes. 

The park’s location within the Vauxhall - Nine Elms - Battersea (VNEB) development area places it at a strategic position within the network of green spaces that are intended to stretch from Lambeth Palace to Battersea Park. 

DSDHA’s framework plan is now used to allocate Section 106 funds for much needed regeneration in the Gardens. The project involved extensive consultation with statutory authorities, local authorities, private enterprises and the local population to generate a framework that has the support of all interested parties. 

The design team has been retained throughout the implementation phases of the project. A number of phases of work have been implemented, including a new tree-lined square and sports pitch, improved lighting and most recently a new, welcoming entrance to the park. 

Currently, DSDHA is carrying out concept stage work looking into improvements to Goding Street, between the re-landscaped park and the railway arches, as the next phase of development.

Architect: DSDHA
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