25 . 02 . 2017

All change, please


Refusing to stand still, Vauxhall is on the verge of becoming a key London destination as it plays upon its historic arches, cafes and green spaces, while boosting its housing stock, improving transport systems and providing new jobs


Vauxhall could well be written off as one of the many tube stops Londoners jolt by on their way to work.


With thousands of polished shoes, bike pedals and bus wheels turning over Vauxhall Bridge to the City each day, the district can fall victim to unfair dismissal; becoming a passing blur of rush-hour colour.


But with a major regeneration project under way, a thriving arts and nightclub scene and a plethora of brick-clad pockets, rich with history and architectural acclaim, it is high time London started paying attention.


With its roots dating back to Anglo Saxon-times, Vauxhall in 2017 is established as a central London destination: its art galleries, restaurants, cafes, green spaces, clubs, pubs and existing communities, all play a part in the re-emergence of a quirky riverside neighbourhood.


“Over the last five years, we have achieved a phenomenal amount,” says Aseem Sheikh, chair of Vauxhall One, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall since 2012.


“We have attracted £1 million of external investment to the area, provided £150,000 of extra greening, including relocating a gold-medal winning Chelsea show garden to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and we have set our aims high.


“We want to transform the public realm to create a stunning, welcoming and modern destination which does justice to Vauxhall’s rich history as a creative hotspot in the centre of London.”


Lambeth and TfL are working in Partnership to invest £50 million on returning the gyratory road system in Vauxhall to two-way. The scheme features a new public square fronting the rail station and world class transport interchange, with work due to commence in 2019.


Over the coming five years, Vauxhall One sees its key role as working with partners to support the changes coming forward and attracting new businesses, while protecting existing ones and encouraging jobs for local people.


Nonetheless, tall towers and corporate offices are not all that lie ahead, as changes in Vauxhall take place.


A longer version of this article appears in the latest edition of Lambeth magazine. Subscribe here to receive a copy