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McAslan and Squire reveal Elephant and Castle leisure centre revamp

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[First look] Plans for a John McAslan and Partners-designed leisure centre and residential tower by Squire and Partners at Elephant and Castle in south London have been unveiled

The project which is part of Southwark Council and Lend Lease’s Make-masterplanned £1.5 billion regeneration of the inner city area replaces an existing leisure centre built in the 1960s.

A public consultation has been launched on the proposed recreational facility which is designed by McAslan with swimming pool specialist S+P.

Squire and Partners have designed a residential tower which will stand at the front of the site.

Southwark Council cabinet member for regeneration Fiona Colley said: ‘For anyone thinking of moving to Elephant and Castle, or those who already live in this buzzing part of central London, this will be welcome news.

‘It’s easy to see how an enjoyable city lifestyle could be further enhanced by superb leisure facilities, as well as new shopping and recreation opportunities. I’m anticipating lots of interest and welcome people’s feedback on what promises to be an exciting project.’

Lend Lease project director for Elephant and Castle, Rob Deck added:  ‘We are very pleased to be able to reveal the proposals of the developing scheme to the community and to show the good progress we have made since the last exhibition in January. We want the local community and residents to be involved at every stage and we urge people to attend the exhibition to share their thoughts and help shape the future of the leisure centre and the surrounding area.’

Last month, Make revealed its 8.8 hectare masterplan to redevelop the area’s 1970s Heygate council housing estate.

The estate regeneration scheme features 2,500 homes and is expected to take 15 years to complete.

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