On 25th October 2012 Her Majesty The Queen congratulated Frosts at the official opening of the Jubilee Gardens.
Frosts Landscape Construction were delighted to have completed (on the 30th May 2012) the transformation of the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games. The major restoration works were completed on budget and have dramatically changed the flat featureless space into a beautiful landscaped park (1.6 hectares), which will welcome the many day-trippers, foreign tourists, and local workers. The hard landscaping has won Frosts a 2012 BALI Award, to see the judges' comments and other awards click on link.
The elegant granite edges provide extensive seating from which to view the colourful sculptured flowerbeds and the 69 new mature trees. Families can enjoy their picnics on the lush undulating lawns, while watching the children play on the impressive timber tangle, jungle area or spider’s web.
No matter what the reason, whether taking a break from work or just visiting London, the stylish gardens provide a welcome place to rest and appreciate the views of the South Bank and across the Thames.
The project was given a Considerate Constructor Award-Performance Beyond Compliance award in May 2012 and went on to achieve a 2012 BALI Award for its hard landscaping.
In September 2012 Phase two of the restoration of Jubilee Gardens started, this includes 25 new trees adding to the 69 mature trees planted in May. The flowerbeds will be extended by over 60% to nearly 600m2. 12 high quality benches made from Iroko wood will be installed, adding to the extensive granite seating alongside the granite paths. Signage detailing the history of the site will also be installed.
Click on this Video Link to see the Jubilee Gardens being constructed over the first six months. You can also see the Video of the repositioning of the International Brigades Memorial within Jubilee Gardens and a Video of how some of the large trees were moved.
The site was at the centre of the Festival of Britain in 1951 with its Dome of Discovery. It was laid out as a garden in 1977 in celebration of Queen's Silver Jubilee. Since then it has had a chequered history, including a period as a work site for the construction of the Jubilee line extension.
On 14 September 2011 Frosts Landscape Construction were very pleased to be appointed the main contractor and look forward to working with West 8, a leading firm of Dutch landscape architects who developed the scheme. Frosts also carried out the detail design and are involved in the novation of the Client’s design team, M&E Consultant and Construction Engineer. The new gardens will continue to afford open views between the Riverside Walk at the base of the London Eye across to Shell Centre with its prominent tower. The topography will permit improved views of the river and of the palace of Westminster through the London Eye.
Phase 1 Works included:
- Removal of existing hard surfaces, retaining walls, concrete bollards, flood lights and other fixed structures.
- Relocation of the ‘International Brigades’ Memorial (commemorating members of the International Brigades who fought in the Spanish Civil War).
- 69 new trees (English Oak, Pin Oak, Common Beech, Bald Cypress, Sweetgum and Large Leaf Linden). Also retain six existing trees.
- Change existing levels to undulating topography - Importation of 8,200 tonnes soil and subsoil.
- 350m2 Flowerbeds (to Royal Parks standard) Rootzone soil.
- High quality durable lawns - 10,700m2 of Arena Sport Turf.
- Irrigation and drainage.
- New ‘meandering’ paths linking four access points.
- Granite sett paving both flamed and cropped 3700m2. Granite seating and edging units 1600 No.
- Comprehensive lighting and CCTV system.
- Children’s play area.
On 18 October 2011, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and key figures from the Jubilee Project joined some of the Frosts Project team at the ‘Breaking Ground’ ceremony.
- (Phase 1) September 2011 - 30 May 2012 (Phase 2) started Sep 2012
- Main Contractor
- Frosts Landscape Construction Ltd
- Landscape Architect
- West 8