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AHMM and Panter Hudpith submit plans for Elephant & Castle

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Lend Lease has submitted a detailed planning application for this 593-home scheme in Elephant and Castle designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Panter Hudspith Architects (PHA)

West Grove forms the second phase of the developer’s £1.5billion plan to build 3,000 homes on the former Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle by 2025.

The masterplan includes four areas, West Grove, South Gardens, Trafalgar Place and Elephant Park. The submitted scheme covers the two sites either side of Heygate Street and along Walworth Road.

Plans for West Grove include a 31-storey tower and 4,000m² of retail space and which will be home to an anchor tenant for the site alongside a number of independent shops on a new central shopping streetscape on Walworth Road.

The controversial wider plans to redvelop the Heygate Estate were finally approved by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in March 2013.

Prior to Johnson’s decision documents leaked to the press in 2013 led to local authority Southwark Council being criticised for selling the large central London plot for £50 million and failing to guarantee large numbers of new affordable housing. Of the 3,000 homes which are scheduled to be built, approximately 25 per cent are expected to be affordable.

AHMM and PHA have designed the new scheme to redefine the pedestrian landscape of the former estate and mark a clear transition from Walworth Square to Wansey Street, which would incorporate the historic context of the Old Town while creating a new public square and residential areas.

Rob Heasman, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “The submission of the second phase for planning marks an exciting step in the regeneration of Elephant & Castle. We can already see the changes taking place in what will become one of the most sustainable places to live in Central London, and the last major urban regeneration project in zone one of the Underground. 

Lend Lease already has two other residential developments in construction in the area: One The Elephant – a 37-storey tower comprising 284 new homes – and Trafalgar Place – a 235-unit development.

Subject to approval, construction of the new homes will begin in spring 2015.

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