Tyers Street Linear Park

From royal pleasure garden to slum housing to urban park, this site has reflected society’s changing attitude towards urban life. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens may have long since disappeared, but its legacy remains and this community-led regeneration project would reflect this illustrious history and take it into the next century.

A masterplan showing how Tyler Street Linear Park would fit into a wider framework plan for Vauxhall.

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Tyers Street Linear Park

A 'grand walk' for Vauxhall

The Royal Pleasure Gardens in Vauxhall entertained visitors for more than 200 years, reaching the height of their popularity in the early 1800s when 20,000 people visited them on one night in 1826.

Under the management of Jonathan Tyers, the Gardens grew into an extraordinary enterprise, a cradle of landscape, modern painting, architecture, and music. Innovative lighting, fountains and fireworks combined to create one of the most complex and profitable business ventures of 18th-century Britain. 

One of the most spectacular features of the original Gardens was the Grand Walk – a stately avenue of elm trees – depicted by Canaletto in 1751. Located just one mile from the Houses of Parliament, the Gardens remain a crucial, but increasingly contested, green space in the heart of London. 

This proposal would re-imagine a 'grand walk' for the 21st century as a linear park. It would form an essential connection in a chain of green spaces from Nine Elms and Vauxhall Gardens, to Battersea Park, the South Bank and Jubilee Gardens.

Categories

- Creating new parks
- Urban greening

Location

Lambeth

Submitted by

Chrysostomos Loizou

vgerta.secretary@gmail.com

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