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First look: shortlist for Waterloo Square revamp

Images of the shortlisted entries for the Waterloo Square, London redesign from DSDHA, EDAW and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

The AJ can reveal the three shortlisted designs in the competition to redesign the underpasses and public space around the BFI Imax cinema next to Waterloo station, South London.

The proposals for the notorious roundabout have been drawn up by finalists DSDHA, EDAW and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for competition organisers, the South Bank Employers Group.

It is understood LAB Architecture Studio, which was among 25 firms to tender for the Waterloo Square scheme, has withdrawn from the contest due to work commitments.

Peter Bishop, chair of the judging panel and group director of design, development and environment at the London Development Agency said: ‘This scheme will create a new sense of place in Waterloo.

‘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.’

A public consultation on the designs opens on Saturday 31 January. Members of the public are encouraged to comment either online at or at the exhibition in the Coin Street neighbourhood centre.

The winner is expected to be announced in March.

The pictures are presented as a Flickr slideshow. You can click on an image to see the next in the series or select pictures directly using the thumbnail images below.The copyright of each image rests with the photographer.

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