[First look] David Chipperfield Architects has revealed this image of its proposed redevelopment of Elizabeth House outside Waterloo train station in London
Replacing the 1960s Elizabeth House, the 140,000m² scheme features two office buildings separated by a public square.
The larger 25-storey tall ‘North Building’ features offices and its top seven floors are residential.
Underground tunnels beneath the site meant a ‘monumental steel bridging structure’ was required to carry the weight of the building. The structural engineer is SOM.
A light-weight glazed curtain wall will allow ‘glimpses’ of the interior steel structure, it is claimed.
A 9-storey ‘South Building’ located at the corner of York Road and Leake Street will features offices with ground floor retail and cafés. The building will be ‘more classical in character’, it is claimed.
At the eastern edge of the site there is planned a shared-surface ramp leading into the station named Victory Arch Square.
The project’s developers have also proposed opening a new entrance to the station.
Plans by Hopkins Architects for the entrance feature an extended concourse running the length of the disused Waterloo International Terminal which was designed by Grimshaw and opened in 1994.
A tunnel beneath the station would be opened to create a subway linking the new concourse to platforms and a supermarket is also proposed for the basement of abandoned terminal.
A planning application is expected to be submitted for planning later this summer. If approved, demolition would commence in 2012, with project completion scheduled for 2015.