The Elephant and Castle regeneration sits within the wider context of London’s growth. Indeed, London is constantly evolving, but now, more than ever, the city is undergoing significant change, a response in part to its place as a thriving capital city, a growing economy and an expanding population. 10m people are forecast to live in the Capital by 2030.
Making space for this growing population means fitting more into our urban fabric
Making space for this growing population means fitting more into our urban fabric: quality homes, places to work and the things that support our lives – such as transport links, schools, sports centres, shops and attractive places to walk, sit, enjoy and spend our leisure time.
At the same time, the way we plan our city has dramatically shifted since the growth of the 1960s, when post-war planners placed too much importance on the motor vehicle. The result for Elephant and Castle was an area dominated by the car – where pedestrians were often relegated to walkways in the sky or subterranean passages.
It is against this background that the Elephant and Castle regeneration is taking place. Major parts of the area no longer fit the purpose for which they were built. Nor do they provide the homes, employment space and amenities needed for (or suited to) our wellbeing, lifestyles and economy.
The Mayor of London’s London Plan (a strategic document that determines how London should be planned and developed) recognises Elephant and Castle as an Opportunity Area where growth can happen and should be encouraged.
Over the past decade, Southwark Council, The Mayor and Greater London Authority and Transport for London have all worked together to plan and implement improvements to the area. They have combined forces with others – including developers, housing associations, existing local institutions (such as the two universities) and the community, to revitalise its building stock, roads and public space as a part of a wider vision to create a better London.