Lend Lease’s £1.5 billion transformation of Elephant & Castle has taken another major step forward after detailed planning consent was granted by Southwark Council for 360 new homes on the site of the former Heygate Estate.
The new homes represent the first phase of the Heygate Masterplan, for which Lend Lease received outline planning consent from the council last year. The first phase of the Heygate Masterplan comprises 360 homes situated along the south-eastern part of the estate. Ranging from three storey houses to a sixteen storey tower, one, two, three, and four bedroom houses will be provided with a bias towards larger family homes. All the homes will include a private balcony, terrace or private garden.
The homes will showcase the latest sustainable building practices and innovations, including cross-laminated timber, a highly durable material which is designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The homes will also feature water saving technology, with a strong focus on urban nature, including green roofs and green walls.
This latest milestone builds on the strong progress that has already been made at Elephant & Castle, including the successful launches of Lend Lease’s first two residential developments last year. One The Elephant, a landmark, 37-storey tower comprising 284 new homes and Trafalgar Place – a 235-unit development – are both now under construction.
Construction of the homes on this latest phase will also create job and training opportunities for local people, including 20 apprenticeships, 38 short courses and at least 44 full-time jobs.
Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “We are rapidly transforming Elephant & Castle into one of the most exciting and desirable places to live in Central London. The homes that we are creating here will also be some of the most sustainable and energy efficient homes ever built in Britain.”
Fiona Colley, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Southwark Council, said: “I am delighted that this decision has been taken for the next phase at Elephant and Castle, which will bring new jobs, homes and opportunities to Walworth. The 360 new homes will include 25% affordable housing and be a mix of attractive town houses and flats that will complete Wansey Street and complement the existing homes. This adds to the remarkable pace of change at Elephant as new homes are already visibly taking shape and the Leisure Centre enters the next phases of construction.”
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