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SOUTH GARDENS, ELEPHANT & CASTLE, LONDON


The Elephant Park development is one of 18 projects worldwide to be part of the Climate Positive Development Program, which looks for the world’s greenest urban


regeneration projects to act as models for future large city developments


Brick specialists In the architect’s view, brick is now almost the “default material” for cladding such schemes, and “there is a move away from other materials.” The 2017 edition of the Brick Awards saw South Gardens winning Large Housing Development and the Supreme Award, among five gongs in total for the practice. The judges described South Gardens as having a “level of refinement”, which was gratifying for Maccreanor, who says the practice prides itself on “careful detailing of all the elements in the facade”. He adds that being “a specialist in brick” means “knowing how to get the best out of them, knowing the right ones to choose, knowing what type of details you can achieve.”


Detailing is key to the success of the South Gardens development, which illus- trates the decorative abilities of the material in its various facades. Each of the buildings has a unique look, thanks to applying a limited palette of brick varieties judiciously across the buildings. This variety was important to the client. “Lendlease didn’t want ‘one’ development, they wanted us to make a number of differ- ent buildings with different architectural styles so it really feels like part of the city,” explains Maccreanor. “If this had all been one style it would have been quite substan- tial whereas as it’s broken into different buildings, different heights, it becomes varied, but it all blends in.”


Summarising their brick specification choices, Maccreanor says: “There’s are a number – it’s a Mystique on a number of the buildings and then two of the others have different tones of red and brown brick, and then there’s lots of detailed brick. We definitely wanted these to be a family of buildings, so that there is some relationship between them.”


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