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Four architects make Waterloo Square concept design shortlist

Four practices have been shortlisted to draw up concept designs for a new ‘city square’ in Waterloo, south London.

DSDHA, EDAW, LAB Architecture Studio and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands will battle it out to land the commission to reshape the area outside the station and around the BFI IMAX cinema roundabout.

The design competition was launched by the South Bank Employers Group (SBEG) in the wake of former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone’s Waterloo Opportunity Area Planning Framework (AJ online 30.10.07).

The planning document was created as a blueprint with the aim of turning Waterloo into ‘one of the world’s leading cultural destinations’.

When launching the competition, the SBEG said the area around Waterloo Road was ‘an eyesore, while the complex labyrinth of spaces, links and routes stretching from subway to street, squares and raised walkways is confusing and unwelcoming for pedestrians'.

A public consultation on all four designs will be held at the end of the year.

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