London Southbank plans threaten Unesco World Heritage Site status



Plans for a £600m redevelopment next to Waterloo train station by the south bank of the Thames in London have moved forward after the UK Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles decided not to order a public enquiry into the project. The 132,000 sq. m David Chipperfield-designed space is due to link the Southbank Centre—Europe’s largest cultural quarter—and Waterloo, which has 90 million passengers passing through it annually. Plans for the overhaul of the Elizabeth House site include offices and residential flats, as well as a double-height, glass-fronted gallery space that will host public exhibitions.


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