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Date announced for Elephant and Castle developer decision

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Southwark Council has announced that the decision as to which consortia will develop its massive Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme will be made on 24 July.

Lend Lease and Key Property Investments (KPI) - a joint venture of Elephant and Castle landlord St Mowden and a Dubai-based developer Salhia - are vying for the highly lucrative £1.5 billion contract which has been masterplanned by Make.

The long-awaited decision, which was due to be announced at the end of February, will have huge ramifications for Allies and Morrison, Benoy, Glenn Howells and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, all of which are believed to be working with the Lend Lease consortium.

Tim Seddon, regional director of St Mowden, who said he was 'totally confident' that KPI would win the job, confirmed KPI's team included the Lubetkin-shortlisted David Chipperfield, SOM and designer Thomas Heatherwick.

Dominated by two busy roundabouts and the imposing Heygate and Aylesbury estate, Make took over from Foster & Partners in 2004 as masterplanner for what is one of London's most down-at-heel but most important hubs.

by Max Thompson

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