Three design concepts for the new Waterloo City Square have gone on display at a public exhibition.
The concept of a city square to improve the area between the BFI IMAX and Waterloo Millennium Green was introduced by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone in his 2006 draft planning framework for Waterloo.
The scheme will include improved walking routes, simplified transport interchange and better connections between Waterloo Station and its surroundings. The square will also serve as a gateway to the South Bank's cultural institutions and visitor attractions.
• DSDHA [based in Walworth; designers of the Potters Fields Park kiosks]
• EDAW [previously shortlisted for Jubilee Gardens]
• Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands [many local projects including Doon Street Tower]
"This scheme will create a new sense of place in Waterloo," says the London Development Agency's Peter Bishop who is chairing the judging panel.
"Each of the design teams has responded to the brief with inspirational thinking and we are now looking forward to hearing the views of local communities, commuters and visitors."
Following the consultation the judging panel will meet to consider the design teams' entries, taking into account the results of the public consultation and technical panel review. A decision is expected next month.
The Waterloo City Square as envisaged during Ken Livingstone's mayoralty would have incorporated the Cross River Tram, but now that Boris Johnson has halted work on the tram scheme that element of the transport interchange is now longer likely to be included.
"Our understanding is that the tram will not go ahead but, if it were to, the Waterloo City Square Scheme could accommodate it," says Ted Inman of the South Bank Employers' Group which is managing the project.
"We're currently focused on appointing a design team to create a workable framework to fulfil everyone's ambitions for this hugely difficult space.
"Our brief is absolutely clear that proposals must be affordable and deliverable. Indeed the concepts currently proposed all allow for implementation in bite-sized chunks."
Read on to see how the design teams describe their schemes:
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