The View from Waterloo

It’s about three years since I last went to the Chipperfield offices in a high rise (but not very high) overlooking Waterloo.   I remember Chipperfield looking out over the urban morass and lamenting the lack of any systematic town planning, while I slightly relished the view of nineteenth-century streetscape.   In the intervening time, the view has been comprehensively buggered by the horrible building south of London Bridge.   How on earth did it ever get planning permission ?

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On the other side is Grimshaw’s sinuous Waterloo station, majestic, but still unused:-

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And to the north is Qatar’s latest London development:-

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