Elephant & Castle Regeneration

Lend Lease and Southwark Council working together to transform the area

Lend Lease

The redevelopment of Elephant & Castle is one of the most important developments in the world.

Situated in London’s Zone 1, it offers an exciting opportunity to transform a central area of a major world city.

But at Lend Lease, we’re determined it should be more than that: an opportunity to transform thinking about urban redevelopment and what it can achieve – not only on a local scale, but on a global one.

So as well as building nearly 3,000 new homes and a brand new park right in the heart of Elephant & Castle, we’re also seeking to use the scale, location and profile of our project to address pressing local and global challenges around climate change, housing, health, employment and crime.

It’s what we call the Elephant Effect: a broad, lasting positive impact catalysed by our development that is felt not just in Elephant & Castle, but across the whole of London and in other developments around the world.



Elephant Effect in action

The clearest example of our commitment to ensuring this is a truly special project is our participation in the Climate Positive Development Program – an initiative of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and developed in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative Cities Program and the U.S. Green Building Council.

The program challenges the world’s greenest major urban regeneration projects to become models for large-scale cityscapes of the future, and Elephant & Castle is one of only 18 founding projects across the world to take part in the program. Elephant & Castle was the third of these projects to reach ‘participant’ status, after submitting a comprehensive roadmap demonstrating how the project will be Climate Positive, or net carbon negative, by 2020.

Features include:

  • Efficient building design and technology to improve insulation and air circulation – leading to significant energy savings for residents.
  • All homes will be constructed with 100% controlled, responsibly sourced FSC timber.
  • Extensive biodiversity strategy across the development and beyond, which will seek to heal and restore nature on site and help improve inner city air quality.
  • A masterplan with a strong focus on walking, cycling, and use of public transport as well as charge points for electric vehicles.

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