West 8’s project Jubilee Gardens is finally going ahead and will screen live footage of the 2012 Olympics. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has recently announced £11.5m funding to six London boroughs for public space projects that will transform the look and feel of the Capital in time for the 2012 Games.
Jubilee Gardens is situated on the iconic Southbank and forms part of Lambeth, one of the funded boroughs. Lambeth will get £1.5m to create a live site for the 2012 Games and a world-class park.
The project was chosen because it supports the aims of the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors programme to improve public spaces in the Capital, as well as delivering improved public space and journeys under the Better Streets initiative. It also has demonstrable benefits for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The funding is part of TfL’s Local Implementation Plan (LIP) Major Schemes programme. Walking and cycle routes to Olympic sites will be upgraded, pedestrian crossings and access to stations will be improved and footways will be de-cluttered and in one case, a riverside park is being transformed into an attractive, accessible open space.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “When the world comes here during the 2012 Games we want the place to look its best and for people to have enjoyable journeys through the area. These great projects will help enhance the Capital as a whole, giving local communities and visitors improved public space, and providing a legacy for London that lasts for many years to come.”
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