Vauxhall is London’s fastest changing riverside district and a fantastic place to live and work. Former light industrial spaces are welcoming art galleries and creative start-ups, and a new high rise cluster for London is reshaping the landscape from the ground up.
Vauxhall has a long history as a location for entertainment and culture, famous for the Victorian Pleasure Gardens, and now home to one of London’s foremost LGBT+ nightlife centres. A growing cluster of contemporary art galleries, including Damien Hirst’s award-winning Newport Street Gallery, sits next to iconic destinations such as Vauxhall City Farm and the Oval Cricket Ground. By day, Vauxhall is a place of work for many creative and digital businesses, charities and social impact businesses, government departments and embassies.
Now is a time of transformation. With ambitious development plans underway, Vauxhall will benefit from new commercial space to support 8,000 new jobs and 3,500 new homes. Infrastructure investment including the Northern Line Extension and a re-worked road network will help to create a new district town centre on the Thames.
See below to find out more about what’s here already, what’s on the way and how you can be part of Vauxhall’s future.
A contemporary arts scene emerging over the last decade boasts a growing crop of London’s most exciting gallery spaces. Industrial buildings that were once workshops for West End theatres are now home to Damien Hirst’s 37,000 sq ft Newport Street Gallery, which recently won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture. Other galleries include the Beaconsfield, Gasworks, Cabinet Gallery and Amstel Art; putting Vauxhall firmly on the artistic map.
Night time economy
Often referred to as ‘Voho’, Vauxhall is one of London’s hubs for LGBT+ nightlife. Built on a long history of partying with the famous Victorian Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the area is home to clubs such as Fire and Lightbox as well as iconic venues like the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, which Lambeth Council recently helped achieve status as an Asset of Community Value. Other night time venues include Crash and Union nightclubs, iconic pubs and the Tamesis Dock, a permanently moored barge functioning as a neighbourhood bar, live music and events space. Vauxhall is also home to the world famous Beefeater Gin brand.
Charitable and Social Impact Sector
Vauxhall has a significant charity and social impact sector with household names such as Macmillan Cancer Research, Comic Relief and WaterAid based here. The Foundry, a recent development, provides affordable office space to over 25 businesses focussed on promoting social justice and human rights.
Creative & Digital business
A growing number of creative and digital businesses are choosing Vauxhall thanks to the affordability, centrality and cultural offer. Current creative business hotspots include rail arch studios and shared workspace facilities such as Vox Studios, based in a former Marmite Factory. Apple will relocate their London HQ to the nearby Battersea Power Station in 2021, which is expected to fuel further growth. The Office Group recently acquired Tintagel House, due to open in 2018 the 78,000 sq. ft premises is situated next to the river and will be the biggest of their 30+ sites across London. Hundreds of thousands of sq. ft. of new space ideal for these industries is coming forward over the next few years.
The iconic MI6 riverside HQ welcomes visitors to Vauxhall as they cross the bridge from Westminster. As a prime location for government agencies, departments and embassies, other residents include the National Crime Agency and Lambeth Council, soon to be joined by the American Embassy and Dutch Embassy, just on the border in neighbouring borough Wandsworth.
With huge population growth happening across London, developments in Vauxhall will see an additional 3,500 homes built. Currently there is a vibrant local community, representing a diverse cross section of ethnic groups, with approximately 40% non-white and a significantly sized local Portuguese community who run a number of fantastic shops and restaurants around South Lambeth Road.
The Kia Oval is an international cricket ground. Home to Surrey County Cricket Club, The Oval has hosted historic games since the mid-1800s and today has a capacity of 26,000. Other leisure highlights locally include the Vauxhall Climbing Centre, which offers some of the best indoor bouldering in the capital, Vauxhall City Farm, and an annual calendar of events which include outdoor cinema screenings.
Vauxhall One – Vauxhall’s not for profit Business Improvement District organisations provides a range of support services and access to local networks. All businesses locating in the area benefit from services provided by Vauxhall One.
Transport for London and Lambeth Council are working together to return the current gyratory system into two-way roads, creating a safer and more welcoming environment for pedestrians and cyclists. A new high street in Vauxhall’s centre, and pedestrian area including a new town square will cater for increasing numbers of residents, workers and visitors. Additional developments will house a cinema, the expansion of the Wyvil primary school, a swimming pool with public access, and more shops, including an increased hospitality offer.
The extended Northern line with two new stations in Nine Elms and Battersea will see £1 billion investment from Transport for London. Due for completion in 2020, the new tube link will provide the infrastructure required for the 25,000 new jobs and thousands of new residents in area.
South London’s old railway arches and viaducts are being revived by Network Rail. In Vauxhall, viaducts run parallel from the riverside Albert Embankment passing through to Nine Elms, set to unleash a host of interesting new space for business.
VNEB is one of the largest regeneration projects in London, covering 227 hectares across both Lambeth and Wandsworth. Apple HQ and the US Embassy will be amongst the new residents in the developments that are set to support the creation of 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 homes. There will be many new large commercial space opportunities coming forward, including the council’s current office building in the area – Phoenix House, when council staff are relocated to Brixton in 2018.
Vauxhall’s new developments, several which form the new high rise cluster, such as Keybridge House, Vauxhall Square and 8 Albert Embankment, are set to provide over 3,500 new homes and 8,000 new jobs. On the ground floor, new retail floorspace will bring Vauxhall’s total retail provision to over a quarter of that on Oxford Street.
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