Contest to find Waterloo design

A contest to find a design team to create a vision for a new public square near Waterloo train station has been launched by the South Bank Employers’ Group.

The competition is open to all professional designers, including landscape architects. The Employers’ Group is organising the competition on behalf of the Waterloo City Square Implementation Group. It was set up last month to kick-start the regeneration of the area surrounding Waterloo, which it describes as an “eyesore”. A representative said: “The Waterloo City Square Implementation Group aims to develop concept ideas for the area located in and around the BFI IMAX roundabout. “This complex labyrinth of spaces, links and routes stretching from subways to streets, squares and raised walkways is confusing and unwelcoming for pedestrians.” The group’s formation follows the publication by mayor of London Ken Livingstone’s Waterloo Opportunity Area Planning Framework. This sets out how the area around one of the country’s busiest transport hubs should be improved over the coming decades in order to create new jobs and homes. The mayor said: “Waterloo welcomes millions of visitors to London every year. It is also the gateway to the South Bank, which has recently been subject to a multi-million-pound makeover to ensure it retains its status as one of London’s most popular attractions. “It is vital that we improve the attractiveness of the station and its surroundings, making the most of the whole neighbourhood and stitching all of its individual parts together. We can only achieve this through careful planning over the next generation. “If we can do this, the prize will be thousands of new homes and jobs for Waterloo and great improvements to its layout and public space, making it more attractive, vibrant and easier to get around.” For details of the competition contact either elizabeth.parbutt@southbanklondon.com or rachel.trayner@southbanklondon.com before the tendering deadline of 11 December.

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