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Council approves plans to convert Grimshaw's former Eurostar terminal into shops

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Corstorphine + Wright has won permission to transform part of the former Eurostar terminal at Waterloo into shops, restaurants, cafés and bars – after Historic England declined to consider the Grimshaw structure for listing

London Borough of Lambeth’s planning committee last night (1 November) gave the thumbs-up to the new scheme to overhaul the former international departures and arrivals lounges, creating 12,444m² of new facilities.

Work has already started on revamping the five platforms within the disused station - the landmark building with its lattice-work arches which sits above the proposed shopping and leisure complex - to increase the number of domestic train services into Waterloo.

In May the 20th Century Society applied for the entire structure to be Grade II listed, but this option has been rejected by Historic England.

A spokesperson for Historic England said: ‘Because the building is not yet 30 years old the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) asked us to assess whether the current development at the site poses a threat to its special architectural and historic interest, and only fully assess it for listing if we considered there to be demonstrable harm to that special interest.

’We believe the threat to the building’s special features is minimal’

‘Having visited the site in summer, when work in some areas was well underway, we believe the threat to the building’s special features is minimal so will not be considering it for listing at this time.’

It is understood that Historic England has indicated that it will assess the building once development work has been carried out in two years’ time.

But a spokesperson for the 20th Century Society said: ‘Historic England, the body which exists to champion and protect our heritage, has the power to list a building regardless of whether or not works have begun.

‘By delaying this listing decision for two years and allowing developers free reign to strip out one of the most important hi-tech buildings in the country, they have failed in their duty.’

’Historic England has failed in its duty’

Waterloo International Terminal was completed 1993, and won the RIBA President’s Building of the Year a year later, as well as the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture.

It has been out of use since 2007, when the Eurostar terminal was shifted to King’s Cross St Pancras.

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