West 8 Landscape Architects, famous for blending architectural elements into gardens, has won a top competition to redesign Jubilee Gardens on London's South Bank.
The gardens - part of a 11ha site run by the South Bank Centre - have been closed for five years for the Jubilee Line tube extension. The Rotterdam designers beat a shortlist of Latz/ Eric Parry, Gustav Lange, Gustafson Porter and Agence Jacqueline Osty.
Adriaan Gueze, MD of West 8, said that the finished scheme may include fountains, ornaments, stylish benches and grottoes which reflect contemporary life but respect the traditional British garden. 'The British have a culture of garden maintenance, ' he said. 'You feel the human touch with every flower, just like grandma's garden. It would be wrong to be too brutalistic, architectonic or intellectual.'
West 8 has also worked on St Michael's Cemetery in Venice and a swamp garden in Charleston, US.
Jubilee Gardens, to be opened for the Queen's Golden Jubilee 2002, will be overlooked by the Millennium Wheel, and is close to the Royal Festival Hall.
The SBC said West 8 was chosen for the £2 million redesign because of its organic, collaborative and flexible approach to design.