Planning has been submitted for a high profile project to convert the lower levels of the former Waterloo International Terminal into vibrant new retail and leisure uses.
The new plans provide the opportunity to reuse an award-winning building, which has been closed since Eurostar services moved to St Pancras in 2007, to deliver modern retail and station facilities that will complement the existing facilities at Waterloo International.
The site comprises the former Eurostar departures, arrivals and car parking levels underneath platforms 20 – 24 and the proposals sit alongside Network Rail’s plans to bring these platforms back in to regular use to enhance capacity at Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station.
Our design strategy seeks to deliver an exciting new destination train station, activate redundant street frontages and improve the public realm and connectivity. Plans include:
- Ceilings with glass sculptures, feature lighting and timber slats which expose and celebrate the concrete soffit of the building to create a distinct and visually attractive environment.
- Glass frontages to allow engaging store displays that draw pedestrians and shoppers through the site
- Space for a large anchor store over two floors.
- New signage to create a distinct and visually clear environment and aid wayfinding.
- Links to the new leisure development at Leake Street Arches (also by Corstorphine + Wright) via the Leake Street Tunnel, strengthening the offer of WIT by making it part of the wider regeneration of the area.
Corstorphine + Wright were appointed by LCR who are promoting the project, working closely with the Department for Transport and Network Rail.