Ambitious new vision revealed for Waterloo Station & South Bank

25 March 2024
  • Grimshaw
  • Grimshaw


United Kingdom

Grimshaw develop strategic masterplan for one of UK's busiest transport hubs

Lambeth and Network Rail have unveiled an ambitious new vision for Waterloo and the South Bank area in London, centred around the transformation of Waterloo Station into a world-class multimodal transport and civic hub. This vision, set within a strategic masterplan by Tenderstream member Grimshaw, will guide the future development of the area, which is home to one of the busiest transport hubs in the UK, and is the gateway to the South Bank, the largest cultural quarter in Europe.

Drawing over 100 million visitors annually, and with a growing population of residents and workers, the masterplan sets the conditions for a more cohesive, legible and permeable network of streets, spaces, transport and development. A kay aim is to reconnect communities that have been historically divided by the station and surrounding roads to create an active, people-centric, sustainable, inclusive, and healthy destination. Elements include the creation of new and improved accessible station entrances, the establishment of pedestrian-friendly walkable routes around and through the station, and the enhancement of the public realm with an emphasis on improved biodiversity and urban greening.

The design team includes WSP, Gbolade Design Studio, Exterior Architecture, Hatch, Iceni Projects, Turner & Townsend, and Savills. Lambeth, Network Rail and their partners are committed to commencing a short-term investment programme to kickstart the realisation of the masterplan’s vision.

Kirsten Lees, Grimshaw partner, states: “Waterloo is an extraordinary neighbourhood, and this masterplan is designed to help it meet its full potential through a framework that is visionary and aspirational but critically pragmatic and provides a flexible framework for delivery. The Waterloo and South Bank area of tomorrow will be one of London’s healthiest, most sustainable, diverse and successful centres with an integrated world-class multimodal transport and civic hub at its heart. This evolution will bring equitable change for communities, business, visitors and passengers alike.”

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 21.03.2022 here

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