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Monday 2 February 2009 10.09am
Does anyone have any idea how likely this is to actually happen? As no one needs pointing out, there isn't exactly a surfeit of money in the world right now and it doesn't seem possible to justify a further capital investment on a public space that has only just been expensively re-landscaped (indeed, where such works are still ongoing!).

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Monday 2 February 2009 10.14am
Good point. I think the idea is to fund it from the section 106 of the various skyscrapers proposed for Waterloo.

So the bit-by-bit implementation mentioned by Ted Inman seems the most likely scenario.

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Monday 2 February 2009 5.24pm
Yes with the Cross River Tram remaining unlikely to happen, it looks like another scheme that could do with Boris's judicious axe.

Developers do not have unlimited pots of cash. Not now, not ever.

If they have to pay for flagstones, LED lighting and yuccas they'll have less or no money to fund things like neighbourhood policing, school places, bus service improvements, training for local unemployed people... or even scare them off altogether.
Monday 2 February 2009 8.39pm
Coin Street Community Builders have been in touch to say that the opening hours for the exhibition have been slightly revised. Tomorrow it will be open 9am-5pm (rather than 9pm as previously advertised).

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Thursday 5 February 2009 11.21am
*bump* - last day of the exhibition today, and a chance to meet the design teams this evening.

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Thursday 5 February 2009 10.04pm
Blimey, I hadn't expected it to be standing room only tonight, or for the wine to be so drinkable!

It is a pity that the images of the display boards on the website are at such poor resolution. You can't see sufficient detail to make much meaningful comment.

e.g. it is only when you look closely at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands plans that you realise how narrow the pavement they were proposing around the Imax would apparently be.
Tuesday 10 February 2009 11.59am
Tomorrow is the final day for comments on the designs before the judging panel sits. All the panels from the exhibition are available at http://www.waterloocitysquare.info

In the light of Bel Ludovic's original post about the likelihood of the City Square happening, it's worth noting that that question is addressed in GLA officers' comments [PDF] on Lambeth's draft Waterloo supplementary planning document [PDF, 4 MB].

Edited to add - but see also Ted Inman's comment in response to the GLA letter here.

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