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A thriving new urban community

  • A masterplan to enhance Elephant and Castle’s identity
  • Includes extensive new publicly accessible space
  • A model for sustainable regeneration

We now have the opportunity to continue the transformation of the area as a place where people want to live, work, shop and relax.

Peter John
Leader, Southwark Council

Project Details

Location London, UK
Status Planning approved
Sectors Urban design
Area 9 hectares/22 acres
Client Lend Lease/London Borough of Southwark

Our masterplan for Elephant and Castle encompasses 2,500 new homes; office, community and leisure space; more than 50 new shops, restaurants, cafés and bars; and significant improvements to the area’s roads, public transport, and pedestrian and cycle routes. We’re aiming to re-establish Elephant and Castle as a flourishing urban quarter for both new and existing residents, and bring lasting regeneration to this important part of London. 

Our framework for the site builds on its strengths as an extremely diverse and well-connected area, which the former Heygate Estate challenged. Our scheme will further improve connectivity by introducing direct pedestrian and cycle routes across the former estate, and deliver a range of publicly accessible green spaces, including central London’s largest new park in 70 years. It’s one of 18 global projects comprising the Clinton Climate Positive Development Program – an initiative that showcases best practice in order to implement a low-carbon approach to urban development – and is targeting net zero carbon growth.

With its emphasis on sustainable regeneration, our 15-year development plan will bring substantial social, environmental and economic improvements to the area, and transform its perception as a whole.