Design invitations have been offered to make London’s Waterloo Station a world-class urban environment with transport interchanges and accessible public spaces, according to the Lord Mayor of London Ken Livingstone.

As part of the London Plan Policies, which aim to bring more opportunities to previously neglected areas, the Waterloo “city square” will create a new development in and around the area near Waterloo Station, which will include the redevelopment of the station itself.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone says Waterloo’s unique culture and entertainment will be harnessed as part of the plan, which will also make the region a major transport hub.

“The London Plan identifies opportunity areas across the capital, identifying them as places in London with the potential to accommodate substantial numbers of new jobs, homes or both – Waterloo is such as place,” Livingstone says.

The end design concept will have to tie in with the South Bank Masterplan, which covers the riverside area as well buildings such as County Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre and more.

It will be transport that will take a main focus in plans, however, with the redevelopment of Waterloo Station.

Waterloo Station recently lost its international Eurostar service to the soon-to-be-opened redeveloped St Pancras station in Kings Cross.

By Penny Jones