The two key developments that form the spine of this change are Elephant Park – on the site of the former Heygate housing estate – and the new ‘Town Centre’ development, which will replace the mall-style Elephant and Castle shopping centre.
Overall, across the Elephant and Castle area, there are 18 projects, either underway or in the pipeline, that form the core of the regeneration programme. These are in addition to the ‘early housing’ developments (90% complete) built to rehouse former residents of the Heygate Estate. These projects are plotted alongside the early housing sites on the Regeneration Map and detailed below.
Elephant Park is a major mixed-use development that will provide almost 2,500 new homes between now and 2025. Work is already well underway at the site, which will also provide around 50 new shops, restaurants and cafes and a brand new park right in the heart of the scheme.
The developer, Lendlease, which recently completed nearby Trafalgar Place, is committed to reinvigorating the area with a number of new green spaces – retaining over 100 mature trees and planting hundreds of new ones. Lendlease is committed to ensuring its development is one of the most environmentally sustainable urban regeneration projects in the world – and is a participant in the Climate Positive Development Programme, which means Elephant Park will be climate positive when it completes in 2025. Elephant Park will include a combined heat and power plant, the Energy Hub, to enable the delivery of net zero-carbon heating and hot water to all the new homes.
The Elephant and Castle shopping centre, along with the London College of Communication site, is set to be developed into a new town centre to serve as the hub and focal point of the local community.
The proposals will see the area opened up to provide more pedestrian routes through the current shopping centre site. Current plans include over 1,350 private rent and student homes, enhanced restaurant and leisure space and a new cutting-edge campus for London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
This will sit alongside a new Northern Line tube entrance and ticket hall.
Other significant developments
Borough Triangle is a Peabody scheme to redevelop a 2.5 acre brownfield site by providing new homes, commercial space and substantial new public realm. It will also include a new Head Office for Peabody. Future plans for the site are currently being developed and in the interim the site is being used for temporary uses with a market, cinema, and workspaces operated by Mercato Metropolitano.
The Castle is a new council leisure centre on Brook Drive
The Castle is a new Southwark Council leisure centre adjacent to St Mary’s Churchyard. It includes a six lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a four badminton court sports hall and a fully equipped gym and indoor cycle studio.
Crossway Christian Centre is a new two-storey development on Hampton Street. It will play host to the United Reform Church, as well as providing facilities for other members of the community.
The first phase of the town centre development will be completed later this year, comprising over 374 new homes for rent as well as 278 student studios. The student studio element, Portchester House, was delivered in September 2016, and a new Sainsbury’s opened in December 2016. The residential offer will also be complemented by a gym, alongside a host of restaurants and animated leisure and outside space.
Elephant Square is the new major public space being delivered by Transport for London. This has involved changing the road layout to create a ‘peninsula’ connected to the site of the current shopping centre rather than the former Northern Roundabout.
Realstar Living, Elephant and Castle
Realstar’s new development at Newington Butts will provide 457 new homes. Realstar will deliver 278 one and two bedroom apartments, and once complete will have a team who live onsite to look after residents and manage the building. Peabody will offer 69 homes through their shared ownership scheme and the remaining 179 homes will also be managed by them. The building will be the new home for the Southwark Playhouse and will include a café, gym and sky lounge.
London College of Communication
London College of Communication, UAL, is proud to be staying in the area and relocating to the new town centre development. Its new cutting edge building will enhance an already rich heritage by being more open and accessible to the local community.
London South Bank University
London South Bank University has over one hundred years of experience of providing high quality education for all types of students. The University is a dynamic institution, internationally renowned for the vocational nature of its courses. It has a diverse multi-cultural population of around 18,000 students, of which 10% are international students, and some 2000 academic, professional service and support staff. The University is planning a number of new projects including the provision of a new Learning Centre and Creative and Design Centre in the heart of the campus.
Manor Place Depot
The former council waste depot and public baths is being transformed by Notting Hill Housing into a mixed-use development that will include 270 new homes, including 44 for Social Rent and 82 for Shared Ownership. Demolition of redundant buildings has started and new homes are expected to be available from the beginning of 2019.
One the Elephant is Lendlease’s landmark 37 storey residential development that will include 284 homes, as well as shops, cafes and other retail on the ground floor. Sales from One The Elephant are allowing Lendlease to make a major contribution to Southwark Council’s new Castle Centre.
The Signal Building, a 22 storey residential development on Newington Causeway that was completed in 2014. It includes 38 residential units and 366 sqm of commercial floorspace.
A mixed-use development comprising 420,000 sq.ft. of offices, 408 residential units, retail & leisure space, a 350-seat auditorium, a new street and a publicly accessible roof garden offering expansive views over London.
Trafalgar Place is the first development to be completed in Elephant and Castle by Lendlease. Adjacent to Elephant Park, it delivers 235 new high quality homes, including 25% affordable housing. Designed to sit naturally within, and feel part of, its immediate surroundings, Trafalgar Place has recently been awarded ‘Best New Place to Live’ and the ‘Mayor’s Planning Excellence Award’ at the prestigious London Planning Awards.
Two Fifty One is a development on the former site of Eileen House, Southwark Bridge Road. It will include a 41 storey tower for residential and commercial use plus an eight-storey building for retail and office use.
Walworth Town Hall
Southwark Council is re-consulting on its plans to rebuild Walworth Town Hall as a new civic centre for the community after the cost of refurbishment costs significantly increased. Whilst the council remains committed to the historic building, which was damaged by fire in 2013, it is estimated the original plans to restore it plus create a community hub with a library and registrar services will now be around £36m, £16m more than budgeted for the original restoration. The extra costs have been caused by the recent increase in building costs, the extension of the original scope of the project to include the old library and technical complications with the building that have only come to light following extensive survey work.
Space has been made available for temporary uses – otherwise known here as meanwhile use.
Artworks Elephant is a lively creative hub built from recycled shipping containers, on the Elephant Park development. Home to creative and local businesses, an event space, two bars, six restaurants and much, much more, Artworks Elephant hosts regular live events including music and poetry, often making use of the open-air courtyard.
Newington Temporary Library
Based at Artworks Elephant, this library is a temporary replacement for the one on Walworth Road which was closed due to a major fire in 2013. It has 10,000 books for loan, free Wi-Fi, computers and study space for public use. It regularly runs events and activity sessions for both children and adults.
Grow Elephant Community Garden is a network of community gardeners making use of plots of land opened up by the construction work. The gardeners have moved several times since being established in 2012 and are currently based in New Kent Road as part of the Elephant Park site.
Hotel Elephant is a not-for-profit company which supports Southwark’s artists. Making use of available buildings in Elephant and Castle it provides artists and makers with affordable workspace and runs a programme of education projects, exhibitions, events and film screenings.
Mercato Metropolitano is an Italian market, supermarket and food and drink venue housed in a disused paper factory on Newington Causeway. Spanning over 45,000 ft, the market brings together small producers, farmers and artisans from across London and Italy. The site also contains a cookery school, vegetable garden and in-house cinema.