Elizabeth House, Waterloo

Our proposals to redevelop Elizabeth House, Waterloo have received the green light from Lambeth Council

We are delighted that on 15th October 2019, Lambeth Council’s Planning Applications Committee unanimously voted in favour of our proposals for the redevelopment of our Elizabeth House site in Waterloo.

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects AHMM, the plans will create around 1.2 million sq ft of workspace supporting up to 11,000 jobs, creation of brand new retail and a transformed public realm next to Waterloo Station - the UK’s busiest train station.

A key feature of the proposed project is a one-acre, publicly accessible garden promenade, directly connected to the Waterloo Station concourse level and of benefit to the 100 million annual station users. A new pedestrianised street – the ‘Curve’, will also provide a major new pedestrian street for the area and be lined with shops and cafés.

These transforming public realm improvements will together provide desperately needed new access routes into Waterloo Station and help to accommodate the 30% projected passenger growth that is predicted over the next five years.

Read the latest news on the project here.

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About the team

About the team

Find out more about the architects, structural engineers and other key members of the project team.

The site and local context

The site and local context

Elizabeth House is located on York Road between the UK’s busiest train station and Europe’s largest cultural quarter at the South Bank.

Your feedback so far

Your feedback so far

Since the beginning of the summer we’ve been sharing our proposals with the community and gathering feedback on the plans. We hosted an initial public exhibition on our emerging proposals in July, a pop-up at Waterloo Station in September and have presented at a series of local public meetings.

A new landmark for Waterloo

A new landmark for Waterloo

The workspaces being created would support thousands of new jobs here in Waterloo. The development would also make a real, tangible difference to the local area through the creation of new public spaces that will hugely improve the pedestrian experience around the site and create better links into Waterloo Station and to the surrounding area.

New workspace for Waterloo

New workspace for Waterloo

Waterloo is a designated strategic location at the centre of London. It used to be a prime office location but has seen a decline in the number of jobs and there is a lack of high-quality office space needed to attract major employers to the area.

Victory Arch Square

Victory Arch Square

Our proposals offer a fantastic new public square in front of Victory Arch, providing step-free access between Waterloo Station and the South Bank.

A publicly-accessible garden promenade

A publicly-accessible garden promenade

The landscaped promenade will provide an acre of green space, open to the public and accessible directly from the Waterloo Station concourse as well as from York Road and Waterloo Curve.

The Waterloo Curve

The Waterloo Curve

We are proposing to revitalise the unused space between Elizabeth House and the former Waterloo International Terminal to create a new pedestrian street linking Victory Arch Square and Leake Street.

Architecture

Architecture

Given the site’s location with four major tube lines running beneath, the building requires an innovative engineering solution, designed by Robert Bird Group, which will be expressed through its architectural form.

Height & massing

Height & massing

We are very aware of the sensitivities around height at Elizabeth House and the tallest element of the building we are proposing is comparable in height to the consented scheme and the Southbank Place development.

Access & servicing

Access & servicing

Elizabeth House will be the first building in Lambeth to use a ‘consolidated servicing’ strategy.

Cycle-friendly & accessible

Cycle-friendly & accessible

The proposed development will encourage people to cycle to work by creating an environment in which cyclists are prioritised along with pedestrians. At the same time, we will ensure that the appropriate features such as lifts and escalators are introduced to aide those with walking impairments and wheelchair users.

Benefits

Benefits

Unlocking local opportunity and delivering economic benefits, transforming the environment in front of Waterloo Station through the creation of new public routes and spaces and celebrating the architecture of engineering.

About HB Reavis

We are a team of international workspace providers and one of the few that actually designs, builds and then manages our buildings for the long-term. Since we were founded in 1993 we have successfully delivered more than 11.4 million sq ft of commercial space and our buildings are used by approximately 66,500 people across Europe – in the UK, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Germany.

As a business, we have been in the UK for five years. We completed the purchase of Elizabeth House in 2017 – our fourth and largest investment in London to date – with the intention to deliver and then be the long-term owners of the new development here. We have also recently completed projects at Cooper & Southwark (61 Southwark Street), 33 Central near London Bridge and 20 Farringdon Street. In July 2018 we acquired Farringdon West, a Crossrail Over-site Development directly next to Farringdon station.

About the architects

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Established in 1989 with offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma City, AHMM is known for its reinvention of buildings and places. The practice won the Stirling Prize in 2015. Previous projects include the BBC Television Centre, the Barbican, White Collar Factory, New Scotland Yard, as well as key new commercial, residential and education developments in Lambeth, London, around the UK and internationally.

STAY IN TOUCH!

Thanks for taking the time to read about our proposals for the redevelopment of Elizabeth House in Waterloo. We hope you found the information useful.

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