The regeneration of Elephant & Castle has taken another major step forward, as construction on the first phase of Elephant Park, known as South Gardens, has begun. This latest development follows the successful demolition of the former Heygate Estate and represents a key part of the nearly 3,000 residential homes being delivered by Lend Lease, in partnership with Southwark Council.
The start on site was marked by a ceremony attended by Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport and Rob Heasman, Lend Lease’s project director for the Elephant & Castle regeneration.
Demolition works and construction activity on Lend Lease’s other two Elephant & Castle sites, Trafalgar Place and One The Elephant, have already created 322 jobs for local people, of which 149 were previously unemployed, and the delivery of South Gardens will see these numbers rise further.
South Gardens comprises a total of 360 homes with 22 town-houses and eight apartment buildings, which are a mix of mid-rise mansion blocks and a tower, varying from six to 16 stories. One, two, three and four bedroom homes will be delivered with a bias towards larger family residences. A quarter of the housing on this phase will be affordable and the first homes are expected to complete in 2017.
Rob Heasman, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said:
“The start of construction in our first phase of Elephant Park is a major landmark for us, as our delivery phase across the scheme gathers real momentum. The number of homes we now have in construction in the Elephant stands at nearly 900, and we are delighted that this has created significant new job and training opportunities for the local community. Across the duration of the development, we aim to create around 5,000 new jobs and are investing time and resources to ensure as many of these as possible go to local people.”
Councillor Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport at Southwark Council, added:
“The regeneration of the Elephant and Castle is now gathering pace and residents will soon be moving into Trafalgar Place and One the Elephant. The new leisure centre is also well underway and improvements to the northern roundabout will begin this month. It is great to see works at this next development site beginning which will see new homes, affordable homes and new open space. We have seen over 320 Southwark residents find work with Lend Lease at the Elephant so far, and we look forward to this continuing in the future which will spread the benefits of this regeneration project across our borough.”
This latest milestone builds on the strong progress already being made at Elephant & Castle by Lend Lease, in partnership with Southwark Council. Work is over halfway complete at One The Elephant, a landmark, 37-storey building consisting of 284 new homes and Trafalgar Place –with 235 homes – is approaching completion with the first residents due to move in this spring. Homes for the second phase at Elephant Park have gone on sale recently, following the receipt of planning permission earlier this year.
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