Elephant & Castle Regeneration

Lend Lease and Southwark Council working together to transform the area

Lend Lease

Series of local events planned to name key parts of Elephant Park

12 June 2014

LEND Lease will be holding a series of events at Elephant & Castle this summer to explore the area’s heritage and to help name features of the Elephant Park site.

The event series, Put It On The Map – Elephant Park, will be held in partnership with the Creation Trust, for local people to learn more about the history of the area and to inspire people to come forward with suggestions for the names of the new buildings, streets and parks which will be built on Elephant Park.

The first of the events took place on 16 June and saw local historian Stephen Humphrey introduce his book, ‘Elephant and Castle: A History’, which looks at the area’s rich history.

Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “Elephant & Castle is undergoing tremendous change at present and will soon be a global exemplar for the delivery of sustainable urban regeneration. It is important for us to preserve the rich culture and history of the area and to embody it in the new areas we create.”

“One way we are aiming to do this is through the thoughtful naming of key parks, streets and buildings, drawing on the history of the area. We encourage all people to come forward to help to name an area of their home neighbourhood and even learn a bit more about it by taking part in the community events.”

Cllr Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Southwark Council, said: “This is a real opportunity for local people to help shape the look and feel of the revitalised Elephant and Castle area and leave a lasting legacy. We want to hear your suggestions for place names. Whether you’re new to the area, a local student or long standing resident we want to hear what you think. These are your streets, your parks and this is your community, so tell us what you want them to be called.”

Events will include:

  • Monday 16 June – Photograph display from Southwark’s Local History Library collection and a talk by Stephen Humphrey
  • Wednesday 18 June – Showcase on the history of the Bangladeshi community in the area
  • Saturday 28 June – Researcher and writer, Steve Martin, to lead a walk on Black History in Elephant & Castle and Walworth
  • Saturday 5 July – Workshop on how to research the history of the area and a session on the history of the local Cuming family

To attend any of the events or to find out more information, please contact: [email protected]; 0207 703 8923 or visit putitonthemap.org

To suggest a name for a location in Elephant Park, please contact: [email protected]

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