14 Jan 2010

How not to do infrastructure

Eurostar terminal abandoned

Eurostar terminal abandoned
Waterloo International station was designed by Nicholas Grimshaw and won the RIBA Building of the Year award in 1994, when it opened to Channel Tunnel services. It had been finished the previous year but completion of the tunnel itself was delayed. It then remained in use until November 2007, when the service was transferred to a magnificent new terminus at St Pancras, where the station was extensively renovated in another prestigious scheme.

Since then, the four platforms have been unused and there are no plans for the space. This should not be happening. Surely someone could find at least an interim use such as a flea market or a sports or entertainment venue?

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