Riverlight and South Gardens awarded RIBA London Awards 2018
Two projects that Gillespies have delivered landscape design for have scooped prestigious 2018 RIBA London Awards - Riverlight, a pioneering residential-led development in the heart of the emerging Nine Elms regeneration area, and South Gardens, the first phase of the Elephant Park development by Lend Lease.
Designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Riverlight consists of six modern and elegant residential pavilions, carefully arranged within a high-quality riverside landscape setting by Gillespies. The strategic placement of these pavilions – which share the same architectural language but vary in height and colour – generated opportunities to create a permeable open space, with the riverfront visible and accessible between each of the six buildings. Around 60% of the scheme is designated as public open space. Gillespies’ designs create a seamless, free-flowing landscape that establishes a strong identity and a sense of place that is truly unique to Riverlight. Each of the key spaces have their own distinct character and function.
South Gardens - designed by architects Macreanor Lavington - is the first 360 new homes delivered as part of Lend Lease’s Elephant Park Masterplan, a masterplan that will replace the former Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle with around 2,500 new homes. Gillespies has delivered a new pocket park and a sequence of green, pedestrian-friendly streets that have opened new connections to the north and across the site, lined with trees, plants and elements of natural play.
Gillespies is the public realm masterplanner for the regeneration of the entire Elephant Park site, and is also delivering a new public realm and two landscaped courtyards for West Grove, the second phase of Elephant Park, together with a brand new park that will sit at the heart of the development.