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DC CABE praises ‘dramatic’ Chipperfield Waterloo

DC CABE has given its backing to David Chipperfield Architects’ £600 million redevelopment of Elizabeth House near Waterloo Station, London

The body dismissed fears the 29-storey scheme would have a detrimental impact on views from nearby Parliament Square and applauded the team for its ‘thoughtful design approach’.

In a report, the national design review panel said: ‘The project will have a dramatic impact on the London skyline, the South Bank area and Waterloo Station.

‘We find the proposed volume and scale appropriate for the context and welcome the improvements to the area around the station entrance.’

DC CABE said the project’s ‘visual impact and design quality’ could make it an exemplar for the area but asked for ‘stronger’ landscaping.

‘Currently, the landscape design appears very subtle and we question whether a more distinct and celebratory pattern would be more successful to create the vibrancy and robustness required in this busy urban environment,’ it said.

Chipperfield’s initial plans for the 132,000m² scheme – revealed last summer – were reworked in response, in part, to comments from English Heritage and DCCABE and as a result of in-depth consultation with local stakeholders. The latest scheme was unveiled in April.

Chipperfield’s practice was chosen for the Chelsfield and London & Regional Properties-backed project in August 2010 following a design competition. The company is working with landscape designers West 8.

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