Waterloo design plans move ahead

The recent makeover proposals for south London’s Waterloo station and the surrounding streets have kick-started a hunt for a design team to create a vision for part of the area.

Following the publication of Mayor of London Ken Livingstone’s Waterloo Opportunity Area, a tender has been issued for a two-stage competition to find a design team.

The South Bank Employers’ Group, on behalf of the Water loo City Square Implementation Group, has launched the Official Journal of the European Union tender.

The implementation group aims to develop concept ideas for the area, to include architecture, lighting, street furniture and signage, in and around the BFI Imax cinema roundabout and Waterloo Road. According to the group, this labyrinth of spaces, links and routes – stretching from subways to streets, squares and raised walkways – is confusing and unwelcoming for pedestrians.

Plans for the Waterloo area, revealed by Living stone, working with his urban design arm Design for London, include a vision for a new city square to create an improved public space, and new development in the area around, and above, the station. Network Rail will unveil plans next year for the £1.25bn revamp of the station, to include an expansion of the concourse and lengthened platforms.

The first stage of the competition is open to all professional designers, who are invited to create a consortium or team. It will be run through the official OJEU process.

These submissions will be evaluated, and a shortlist invited to take part in the second stage of the competition, which will involve the preparation of a concept design in response to a brief.

Concepts will be presented to a judging panel comprising key stakeholders and a figure head from the field of design and architecture. Submissions must be made by 11 December.

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