Major changes are afoot in Elephant and Castle. The extensive regeneration project, when complete, looks set to transform the face of the area, with contemporary housing, improved retail areas, and plenty of communal space for locals to enjoy.
If you’re intrigued by what’s been happening in Elephant and Castle, read on to learn more.
Redevelopment of the shopping centre
At the end of 2018, London Mayor Sadiq Khan approved the redevelopment of the existing Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, plus the London College of Communications site.
The large-scale project will not only revamp the shopping centre, but also add 979 new homes, office and leisure space, and a new station. Developers will also create a new building for the University of Arts London.
Regarded as the hub of the regeneration plans, Elephant Park is a major development, bringing close to 2,500 new homes to Elephant and Castle. It also includes a vast green space – the largest created in London for 70 years.
Some parts of the park are already complete and open to the public, as is the new Walworth Square. Future development work will add additional premises for restaurants, bars and retailers. Impressively, the project is one of the most environmentally sustainable urban regeneration programmes in the world. This means Elephant Park will be climate positive when it’s completed in 2025.
Brownfield area to be developed
Borough Triangle, a 2.5-acre brownfield area, is also set to be overhauled. Although it’s yet to be confirmed exactly what the site will be used for, it’s anticipated that zone will include housing, public areas, and commercial premises. At present, the site is acting as a useable area for a market, pop-up cinema and a work-area.
Elephant Road marks the first stage of the town centre regeneration plans. At its heart is Castle Square, a public area with a market. This square links with Elephant Park. Elephant Road will also have 374 new rentable homes, 272 student studios (excellent for students studying at the University of Arts London), a Sainsbury’s supermarket, a gym, and several restaurants.
New leisure centre
The area will also benefit from a new leisure centre, called The Castle. This will be situated next to St Mary’s Churchyard, and will include a six-lane pool, gym, sports hall and cycle studio.
Other key developments
In addition to the above, Elephant and Castle’s regeneration includes:
- Chatelain House. This redevelopment will be used to create 54 new homes, and additional retail areas.
- Crossway Christian Centre. The Crossway Christian Centre is the home of the area’s United Reform Church and will offer facilities for the community.
- Uncle at Newington Butts. The Uncle development features 457 homes, with 278 set aside as rented accommodation. At least 75 of the homes have been allocated to council tenants.
- The Kite. The Kite is a new hotel with 140 rooms. Located in a 25-storey building, it shares space with 48 apartments. That number includes 15 affordable homes.