A little bit more of 1960s London to disappear at Waterloo

Revised plans have been revealed to demolish more post war buildings around Waterloo station and remove another 1960s streets-in-the-sky pedway.

Courtesy Google. York Road as it was in 2012

York Road is undergoing substantial changes with rebuilding around the Shell Centre, and Elizabeth House over the road beside Waterloo station will be torn down in coming years. It’s been falling apart for years as plans have been and gone.

Elizabeth House on left. Shell centre redevelopment on right.
Elizabeth House facade

Initial plans for redevelopment were from David Chipperfield architects.

That plan has been dropped after the site was purchased last year. New plans are currently being consulted upon which are similar in terms of massing:

Visiting the site reveals a stump of elevated walkway heading from a now defunct bridge through to Waterloo station:

The bridge leads nowhere on the Thames-side of the street as buildings are redeveloped.

On the other side it still leads to walkways through towards Waterloo station. This area hasn’t changed in decades:

Looking back:

And then finally into Waterloo station.

How long this slice of post-war planning remains depends on when the new development is approved. Once it meets the wrecking ball one of the best preserved examples of 1960s urban design will be gone.

Elizabeth House in foreground – new builds at Shell Centre on left

Consultation on the replacement building is on today until 4pm (get a move on!) at Waterloo Action Centre, 14 Baylis Road, Lambeth SE1 7AA

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    5 thoughts on “A little bit more of 1960s London to disappear at Waterloo

    • I remember as a kid walking from Waterloo to Charing Cross without going to street level at all.

    • It must have been embrassing having trains from Paris going into Waterloo International back in the day.. When they get out it was hardly inviting with so much 60s architecture.

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    • I’m sure there was a murder on that walk bridge in the 1970s

    • I used to work in Elizabeth House when it was the Headquarters of the Department of Education & Science during the 1980’s then moved with them when they moved to Westminster in the early nineties.

      The building was in poor condition then.


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