The Elizabeth House site sits between the UK’s busiest railway station and Europe’s largest cultural quarter at the South Bank.
The existing Elizabeth House is an outdated 1960s office development, which runs alongside the west side of Waterloo station along York Road.
The current buildings include a 16-storey tower which butts hard against the Victory Arch entrance to Waterloo station, blocking off the possibility of improving access to the station itself, and between the station and the South Bank.
Waterloo is used by 88 million people a year, and struggles with volumes it wasn’t designed for. The Victory Arch entrance can’t cope with the numbers using it, and doesn’t have adequate provision for the disabled.
The space in front of Victory Arch is difficult to navigate, awful to look at and its surface is difficult to walk on. And the space between Elizabeth House and the disused International Terminal is tawdry and neglected.