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Chipperfield wins largest project in UK to date

David Chipperfield Architects has beaten Grimshaw and Hopkins to win a high-profile competition to overhaul the Elizabeth House site next to Waterloo station in south London

The mixed-use scheme will replace Allies and Morrison’s failed £1 billion Three Sisters redevelopment project for the area (pictured).

According to the developers backing the scheme, London & Regional Properties with Chelsfield Partners, the development will create a new ‘heart’ for Waterloo and the South Bank and ‘once completed will add significant employment opportunities to the area’.

There are also plans to develop ‘an excellent new public realm’ allowing greater permeability to Waterloo station. Only yesterday (21 September) architecture minister John Penrose turned down a bid to list the mainline station, south of the Thames.

Stuart Lipton of Chelsfield Partners said: ‘Our vision is to develop an inspiring urban environment and we selected David Chipperfield Architects as we believe that they bring a wealth of experience and ideas to this important site.

‘We are delighted to be working with such highly regarded and renowned architects and the selection represents a significant step forward for the development and regeneration of the area.’

The project will be Chipperfield’s biggest project to date in this country. The Stirling-shortlisted practice has only ever delivered one larger development in its history - the huge City of Justice scheme in Barcelona (see below).

City of Justice, Barcelona, Spain, by David Chipperfield Architects

City of Justice, Barcelona, Spain, by David Chipperfield Architects

Postscript

Speaking about the appointment, Graham Morrison, co-founder of Allies and Morrison, said: ‘From an excellent shortlist, David Chipperfield must have been many people’s first choice. It isn’t the easiest of sites but I can think of no-one better to tackle its difficulties. I wish him every success and the real winner will be the continued regeneration of London’s south bank.’

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