The final shape of the extraordinary new Vauxhall Cross transport interchange in south west London has finally begun to emerge, with the erection of 18m long flying cantilevers at the end of a 200m long steel frame canopy. The two 22infinity 'wings' which finish the 12m wide canopy are intended as a 'dramatic urban sculpture' and a practical demonstration of renewable power integration. The top surface of the 'wings' are fitted with solar panels in a joint scheme with the Department of Trade & Industry's photovoltaic demonstration programme. The £4.5M Arupdesigned interchange sits in the centre of the traffic ring circulating round Vauxhall station and will connect directly into tube and rail services. The work is part of a £15M scheme to regenerate one of Britain's busiest and most chaotic road junctions (NCE 12 June 2003). The roundabout itself is being remodelled and cycle paths and urban sculptures added.
Work is due to be completed later this summer.