Landmark plans for Elizabeth House unveiled by HB Reavisdownload the press release
First CGIs of this major Waterloo development revealed
- The proposals, designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), will focus on creating over 1 million sq ft of new workspace to support up to 12,000 jobs in Waterloo: an area which has seen employment space consistently decline since 2009.
- The plans would provide desperately needed capacity relief to Waterloo Station, the busiest rail hub in the UK which is soon to be used by 130 million passengers a year.
- A beautiful new garden promenade would be created and link directly to Waterloo Station’s concourse level, in addition to a new pedestrian street, ‘Victory Arch Square’ and new public space along York Road.
- HB Reavis aim for it to achieve a WELL Platinum rating – the highest rating for buildings that seek to contribute positively to the well-being of the people who use them.
- The second phase of public consultation on the plans will begin on 8th December 2018 and in early 2019, HB Reavis will be working up a planning application for submission to Lambeth Council.
HB Reavis, the international workspace provider, has today (7 December 2018) unveiled the latest plans for the dramatic transformation of the Elizabeth House site, directly next to Waterloo Station.
The proposals, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects AHMM, will create over 1 million sq ft of new workspace and deliver significant improvements to the pedestrian experience around Waterloo Station and through to the Southbank, through the creation of over 1.5 acres of new public space and improved permeability through the site.
The development of Elizabeth House will bring exceptional office space to Waterloo to support up to 12,000 jobs. HB Reavis intends to design workspaces that will encourage partnership and collaboration. The proposed designs purposefully feature a variety of floorplates to foster an ecosystem of businesses, accommodating start-ups and scale-ups through to large global companies. Every occupier of the building will have access to outdoor green space.
Waterloo Station is already the UK’s busiest station currently used by 100 million passengers a year and is set to increase to 130 million people a year over the next five years. The planned designs will complement the Waterloo International Terminal upgrade works, providing capacity relief and significantly improving access to Waterloo Station.
The scheme will feature:
- A beautiful new publicly accessible garden promenade, accessed directly from a bridge on the Waterloo Station concourse;
- Victory Arch Square, a major new public space to better connect Waterloo Station and the South Bank;
- A new pedestrian street lined with shops and cafes, referred to as the ‘Waterloo Curve’ which would run between Elizabeth House and Waterloo Station;
- A second new public space linking York Road to the Waterloo Curve and to the new entrances to Waterloo Station and the Underground.
Kiran Pawar, Development Director at HB Reavis UK said:
“We are really excited to share our proposals for the complete transformation of this strategically important site for London. 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.”
Having been consulting on the proposals with key stakeholders and the local community since April 2018, a second public exhibition showing the latest proposals will open on 8th December 2018 at the Waterloo Action Centre, at which point further details will be available to view at www.elizabethhousewaterloo.co.uk.
Public exhibition details:
Saturday 8 December 2018: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Monday 10 December 2018: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday 14 December 2018: 12:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 15 December 2018: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Waterloo Community Action Centre
14 Baylis Rd
London, SE1 7AA