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BUILDING PROJECTS


SOUTH GARDENS ELEPHANT & CASTLE, LONDON New faces in town


Maccreanor Lavington’s award-winning South Gardens in south London is a showcase of brick’s ability to help major new housing projects blend in to their context, as well as provide detail and variation. Roseanne Field reports


outh Gardens forms the first phase of the Elephant Park development in south London – a £2bn project by Lendlease and Southwark Council that sits on the site of the former Heygate Estate. The name doesn’t come from the development’s huge scale, but from the regenerated neighbourhood of Elephant & Castle.


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Due to complete fully in 2025, the devel- opment comprises 160,000 ft2


of retail


space and a total of 2,500 residential units. Of these, 500 will be affordable and less than 100 will be for social rent, with the rest up for private sale. The fact the now- demolished estate provided 1,200 social rented units saw the scheme replacing it seeing its share of controversy. Undeterred, Lendlease and Southwark Council stuck to their vision that Elephant Park will be “London’s new green heart,” and a place “where everybody loves to belong.” And so far, given the race to buy flats in the scheme pre-completion, they are not wrong. South Gardens was designed by Maccreanor Lavington (bar an energy centre by Duggan Morris) and completed at the end of 2017.


Even the most vociferous critics of Elephant Park would have a hard time defending the aesthetic of its predecessor’s concrete slab blocks. Maccreanor Lavington’s brick-clad replacements by contrast focus on respecting the local Victorian architecture, as well as the build- ing’s current and future residents.


Arrangement


South Gardens includes 360 units in eight buildings of varying heights and designs.


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