Keybridge House, Vauxhall

Reawakening senses dulled by modern city life, a rich series of pocket parks, gardens, public squares and private courtyards interlink to form an urban haven. Entwined strands of water, planting, light, materials and air create a verdant external environment.

The importance of capturing, attenuating and re-using rainwater threads all elements together as part of a unique rainwater journey. The practicalities of harvesting and irrigation functions are expressed honestly and water is held intentionally on the surface for interaction and enjoyment, before it slips away.

This urban haven is being created as part of the residentially led redevelopment of Vauxhall’s former BT Telephone Exchange. The project provides 415 new homes, a 2-form entry primary school, office space and retail units within the wider ‘Nine Elms’ regeneration scheme.