A Duggan Morris Architects-designed community energy centre, featuring a café and nursery, has won planning approval from Southwark Council
The four-storey Energy Hub will provide heat and hot water to almost 3,000 new homes being built as part of Lendlease’s redevelopment of Elephant & Castle’s Heygate Estate, which it calls Elephant Park.
Generating plant for the centre, which will include two combined heat and power boilers, will be based on the building’s ground and first floors.
The café will also be on the ground floor, while the nursery will operate on the second and third floors. Further space on the first floor will be reserved for community use.
A report to Southwark’s planning committee said that while the heating equipment would be entirely separate from the building’s other uses, internal glazing would allow visitors to see it in operation.
Developer Lendlease said the centre would be operated by energy firm E.ON, and run on carbon-offset biomethane, providing the regeneration area with zero-carbon heating and hot water. The facility will also serve local businesses and could potentially be extended to cover an additional 1,000 homes.
Rob Heasman, Lendlease project director for Elephant and Castle, said the energy centre would make Elephant Park ‘climate positive’ by 2025.
The project also features a ‘pocket park’ by landscape architect Gillespies.