For all you harassed commuters out there, help is at hand. Real estate developer HB Reavis has unveiled some striking plans for the transformation of the Elizabeth House site, right next door to Waterloo Station, near London’s South Bank.
Designed by architectural practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the proposal is for over one million square feet of new workspace, a public garden promenade, a new public space (to be called Victory Arch Square), a pedestrianised street lined with shops and cafes (to be called the Waterloo Curve) and another public space linking up with entrances to London Waterloo station.
There is, of course, a fair bit of substance to all this lovely style as well. Waterloo, the country’s busiest station, is used by 100 million passengers a year (expected to hit 130 million over the next five years), so adding some extra space would bring smuch-needed relief.
“We are really excited to share our proposals for the complete transformation of this strategically important site for London,” says Kiran Pawar, development director at HB Reavis. “We have had a terrific level of engagement through our consultation process over the last nine months and we hope to see many more faces at our next public exhibition in December.”
Fingers crossed, then. HB Reavis hope to submit a planning application to local authority Lambeth Council early next year.
New workspace, public squares and a promenade will bring breathing space to London’s busiest station