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Elephant and Castle jackpots for Stanton Williams and Witherford Watson Mann

Stanton Williams has been picked to revamp the London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle

Witherford Watson Mann has also been chosen to redesign a roundabout nextdoor.

Stanton Williams has proposed new links between existing buildings and the college’s 16-storey administrative tower which would see its top two floors become an events space.

The feasibility study by the practice behind Central St Martins new King’s Cross home estimates the cost of development at between £80 million and £100 million.

Formerly known as the London College of Printing, the prestigious aluminium-clad arts school (pictured) was designed by the London County Council architects department and completed in 1964. Locally based Allies and Morrison refurbished the building ten years ago.

The Greater London Authority has meanwhile picked Witherford Watson Mann for a £25,000 design study into transforming Elephant and Castle’s northern roundabout into a pedestrian friendly peninsula.

Home to the Rodney Gordon-designed Grade II-listed Faraday Memorial – a sculptural stainless style box containing an electricity substation – the roundabout featured in Make’s original masterplan for the district’s Lend Lease and Southwark Council-backed regeneration.

The 2004 vision proposed relocating the monument nearby however a revised masterplan for the £1.5 billion regeneration, excluding the roundabout and neighbouring shopping centre, won planning permission earlier this year.

Now at the request of the Elephant and Castle Strategic Stakeholder Group, City Hall has asked Witherford Watson Mann to urgently investigate ways to ‘peninsularise’ the area.

In a report, the GLA said: ‘The aim of the study is to consider how these proposals will enhance the area for all users and how they can help to deliver transformational change from transport dominated space to a delightful place, cherished by locals, regulars, and occasional visitors alike.’

This week London mayor Boris Johnson formally backed Make’s 8.8 hectare redevelopment of the Heygate housing estate in Elephant and Castle, London

The final approval allows developer Lend Lease to replace the 1970s housing development with 2,469 new homes.

Last summer dRMM submitted detailed plans for the project’s first, 235-home phase which replaces the nearby 1.1 hectare Rodney Road housing estate.

As part of the regeneration agreement between Lend Lease and Southwark Council, the district’s liesure centre is being replaced with a new John McAslan-designed facility and a residential tower by Squire and Partners.

 

Postscript

A spokesperson for University of the Arts London said: ‘UAL is keen to improve the environment for students and staff at London College of Communication, and major refurbishment work has recently included a new student IT centre, a remodelled reception and student information centre, and a new research and enterprise hub.

‘The University has also commissioned architects Stanton Williams to carry out a feasibility study into potential options for a long-term larger scale refurbishment of the LCC estate. However this work is at a very early stage and the University has not yet made any decisions about the future environment of LCC.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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