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Lifestyle Flat Living Strata Tower at home with leaSehold 15 Curtains&blinds 18 ElEphanT & CaSTlE Living the hI lifeGh


centre located on the edge of amassive road interchange: notparticularlydesirable or attractive. Nowall that is about to change. SouthwarkCouncil’s Elephant andCastle


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regeneration projectteamisleading a55- acre improvementprogrammethatwillcost £1.5bn over thenext15years,The area has bigplans for theredevelopmentwhich will create anew and exciting shopping andleisure destinationina previously overlooked area of London that includes a large proportion of houses and apartments. Thenew developmentwillboast tworesidential


towers.One,due forcompletionin2016, is to be builtonthe site of theexistingElephantand Castle leisure centre, and will be a 30-40 story building that,aswellasapartments, will include shops and cafés bringing newlife to the area. A newleisure centre at theheart of theElephant andCastleregenerationareawillprovide two pools, four sports halls, a gymand spin studio, twoexerciseclassand dancestudios,acrècheand acafé. Building work starts this year andthe new facilities will be opened to thepublicduring2014. Butall this is stillinthe future.For now,


thearea’slandmark projectisthe £148MStrata Tower-a42-storey building currentlyholding


Dubbed ‘marmite architecture’ (you either love it or hate it)


at 42-storeys high,StrataSE1 is London’s tallest residential


tower. GavinBetty tellsusmore aboutthe apartmentbuilding nicknamed ‘the Razor’


For decades southLondon’s Elephant and Castle has been little more than acresofaffordable housingand a somewhat down-at-heel shopping


Flat Living Spring2012


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