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New York style park for South Bank

A proposal by Erect Architecture and landscape architect J&L Gibbons has won a competition to regenerate a section of the South Bank in London.

The competition, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and local business group Vauxhall One, aims to create a striking new identity for the area in and around Vauxhall.

The brief encouraged entrants to draw on the success of the elevated New York High line urban park in Manhattan.

The proposal covers a stretch of land dubbed the “missing link” between the new US Embassy and the South Bank.

The announcement last week is the second London scheme in a month that aims to draw on the High Line’s success in reviving metropolitan public spaces (see Analysis p10).

Last week, NCE revealed a bold plan by architect Thomas Heatherwick and consultant Arup to build a new High Linelike “garden” bridge across the Thames in central London (News last week).

The scheme is being promoted by London mayor Boris Johnson.

The winning entry - A Promenade of Curiosities - focuses on the creation of a Vauxhall Walkway and improvement to the Vauxhall Gardens and Railway Arches.

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