Allies & Morrision has revealed plans for up to 1,000 flats and a new campus for the London College of Communication on the site of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre
The new plans have gone on public display 18-months after the 50-year-old south London shopping centre was sold by developer St Modwen to current owners, property investor Delancey and pension fund APG, for £80million.
Under the latest proposals, the shopping centre will retain its ‘retail heart’ with a ‘three-tiered open area’ forming part of a new town centre. A 36-storey tower will anchor the southern edge of the site and new east-west links will open up the development and link the public space to the railway station.
The new plans for the shopping centre form the heart of the wider £3billion regeneration of Elephant & Castle.
The plans to include 1,000 flats for private rent come only a few years after the leader of Southwark council Peter John publicly stated he wouldn’t support a previous plan put forward by St Modwen which included a similar amount of homes. The Elephant & Castle scheme will in total have 1,650 private rented apartments
Speaking about the project Delancey’s Jamie Ritblat said: ‘We want people to be at the heart of our proposals for the revitalisation and renewal of the town centre.
‘In that spirit, local feedback is key to ensuring our vision corresponds with that of the local community and wider activities within the regeneration area.
‘This public exhibition will show for the first time our emerging plans to deliver a fantastic new town centre at the heart of Elephant & Castle.
‘Proposals include new world-class educational facilities, a significant increase in homes for rent and improved shopping and public realm for locals and visitors alike.
‘We would like to encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and provide feedback to help inform the next stage of the design process.’