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Queen opens London’s Jubilee Gardens after £5m redesign

The Queen has formerly opened West 8’s Jubilee Gardens on London’s Southbank after a £5million redevelopment

The re-landscaping of the 1.2 hectare Thameside garden now includes new granite pathways, undulating grass lawns, new flowerbeds, lighting columns, benches and a children’s playground.

Adriaan Geuze, director of the Dutch practice said: ‘We managed to include many typical British elements. The white granite of the pathways represents the white cliffs of Dover, and we also thought it important to have a bit of London in the design, and we thought – what could be more ‘London’ than Wimbledon? This is reflected in the green grass of the gardens.’

He added: ‘We also wanted to have panoramic views of the river, as there are so many important landmarks nearby. We managed this by creating undulating hills throughout the gardens.’

The gardens were first created for the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977 as a simple green space, but were damaged due to building of the jubilee underground line.

West 8 won an open competition in 2003 to re-landscape the gardens, with work beginning in 2011. The garden was open to the public during the London Olympic Games, but was closed for the additional of 29 more trees after the Games were over.

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