The current 1960s building

The existing Elizabeth House is an out-dated 1960s office building and desperately needs replacing.

Originally built as offices for British Rail, the current buildings include a 16-storey tower which abuts hard against the Grade II listed Victory Arch entrance to Waterloo Station, with a long building fronting York Road. The current building effectively blocks off the possibility of opening up new access points to the station itself, and places greater pressure on the existing Victory Arch entrance.

The space in front of Victory Arch – which is the main route to the South Bank, the London Eye and St. Thomas’ Hospital – is almost unmanageable. It is difficult to navigate, unattractive to look at and equally difficult to walk across and this is only set to get worse with passenger numbers at Waterloo Station set to grow from 100 to 130 million over the next five years.

The public realm around the site also does little to help link the building to some of the other fantastic places we have in Waterloo, including Leake Street and Lower Marsh, as well as the cultural destinations located on the South Bank.


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Do you have any comments on our plans for new public spaces at the lower levels, including Victory Arch Square, the Waterloo Curve, the new public space between York Road and the Waterloo Curve, and the Garden Promenade?

Would you be likely to visit the Waterloo Curve and if so, would this be for eating and drinking, shopping or as a through-route to Leake Street and Lower Marsh?

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We are currently thinking of a name for the new public square that links the Waterloo Curve to York Road – do you have any suggestions?

Do you support our use of the Elizabeth House site to focus on new office accommodation and job creation, together with retail and other uses on the lower levels?

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