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AHMM unveils new images of replacement Elizabeth House scheme

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has unveiled new images of its proposed redevelopment of 1960s office block Elizabeth House next to Waterloo Station 

The practice’s proposal, for developer HB Reavis, replaces earlier designs for the site by David Chipperfield Architects.

The 92,000m² office project includes new public space connecting Waterloo Station with the South Bank and a ‘garden promenade’ accessed from the station concourse. 

It also features Waterloo Curve, a new pedestrian street lined with shops and cafés which will link Elizabeth House up with the transport hub.

The plans have been drawn up to provide more space for Waterloo Station, the UK’s busiest station, which will soon to be used for 130 million passenger journeys a year.

The scale of the scheme has yet to be revealed, but according to outline proposals which went out for consultation in July, the buildings will be of a similar height to the existing planning permission for the site.

Chipperfield’s controversial scheme, approved by Lambeth Council in 2014, included two new buildings, one part 29-storey and part 14-storey, and another of 11 storeys.

Chippo and ahmm elizabeth house collage

Chippo and ahmm elizabeth house collage

David Chipperfield Architects’ consented 2014 designs for Elizabeth House (left), AHMM’s latest plans which are set to be submitted in early 2019 (right)

When HB Reavis bought the site in 2017, it decided to replace proposed residential with offices and held a new design competition for the site. 

AHMM took over the project in December 2017, a move that ended Chipperfield’s seven-year involvement with the site. The practice is working with structural engineers Robert Bird Group on the scheme.

HB Reavis UK development director Kiran Pawar said: ‘We are really excited to share our proposals for the complete transformation of this strategically important site for London.

‘We have had a terrific level of engagement through our consultation process over the last nine months and we hope to see many more faces at our next public exhibition in December.’

A second phase of public consultation on the plans will start on Saturday (8 December) with the developer hoping to submit a planning application to Lambeth in early 2019. 

NEW: Aerial view of AHMM's designs for Elizabeth House in Waterloo

NEW: Aerial view of AHMM’s designs for Elizabeth House in Waterloo

NEW: Aerial view of AHMM’s designs for Elizabeth House in Waterloo

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  • oh boy, that's even uglier than before.

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  • The images for both old and new proposals depict a massive tower that appears to oversail the pavement in a really quite threatening manner.
    I'd originally thought that this was just an unfortunate element of the original design, but now I wonder if it's a planner approved / beancounter driven design 'requirement' for this site..

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