Contracts are close to being awarded to the design teams who will be in charge of regenerating London’s Waterloo area, it has been reported.
The station and its surrounding area are all set for a revamp which could entice more businesses to invest in office space there.
So far, a number of teams have placed applications to run the project including Lab Architecture Studio, US group EDAW and Architecture DSDHA, according to Design Week.
Ted Inman, chief executive of SBEG – which is responsible for the project – told the website: “There was a very strong response and a range of approaches. Deciding on the shortlist was difficult.
“Waterloo Station and the surrounding area is one of London’s eyesores – traffic dominates, pedestrians are pushed underground.
“The brief is to make the space more open and possibly use it commercially.”
Possible changes to the area include the introduction of more street furniture, better lighting and signage around the IMAX cinema roundabout and Waterloo Road.
The final four shortlists ideas will be displayed publicly before the end of the year.