Elephant & Castle Regeneration

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Planning permission secured for sustainable Energy Hub at Elephant Park

7 October 2015

Elephant Park has been granted planning permission for its new Energy Hub – including a combined heat and power plant – that will deliver net zero-carbon, affordable heat and hot water to residents and businesses across Elephant Park and beyond. Lendlease has also announced a new partnership with E.ON as the long-term energy provider across the regeneration project.

Under the new agreement, Lendlease and E.ON will deliver the combined heat and power plant to generate and supply net zero-carbon heat and hot water to almost 3,000 new homes, as well as shops, offices, community and leisure spaces across Elephant Park, with the potential to deliver to at least a further 1,000 homes neighbouring the regeneration.

Designed by Duggan Morris Architects and Gillespie’s Landscape Architects, this latest phase of Elephant Park will also deliver a new community heart for Elephant & Castle, incorporating a complementary mix of uses, unique for a building of this kind. These include:

  • A nursery providing early-years education to families at Elephant Park and the surrounding community, as well as job and training opportunities for local people
  • A community café that will provide a meeting point for the local community, as well as a flexible community space, managed by the café, and designed to accommodate a range of community events
  • A pocket park next to the Energy Hub, with energy-themed play facilities for all local children to enjoy

The Energy Hub is a key part of Lendlease’s ambition to deliver one of the most sustainable urban regeneration projects in the world. By utilising biomethane as a carbon offset, the combined heat and power plant will allow the delivery of net zero-carbon heating and hot water across Elephant Park, significantly reducing carbon emissions when compared to current building regulations.

The Energy Hub is part of a wider energy and low-carbon strategy being adopted by Lendlease at Elephant & Castle. Its forward-thinking approach has resulted in the regeneration project becoming one of only 17 projects globally to be accepted into the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Programme. This programme recognises Lendlease’s low carbon approach, the high performance of the buildings across Elephant Park, as well as the provision of the centralised energy centre and heat network.

Rob Heasman, Lendlease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said:

“The Energy Hub is a key element of our ambition to create Central London’s greenest new place to live, which includes our aspiration to make Elephant Park climate positive by 2025. Together with the planning success, the new long-term partnership with E.ON is a big step in the delivery of those ambitions. Ultimately, it will be residents and businesses in and around Elephant Park who will be the biggest beneficiaries of our sustainable ambitions, from improved air quality to increased energy efficiency, and we believe our level of commitment in this area is what will ultimately make the regeneration a resounding success.”

Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON, said:

“Elephant Park is a redevelopment project that’s not only changing the London skyline but is doing so with energy efficiency built into its very foundations. By using renewable biomethane as a carbon offset for our on-site energy centre and district heating network we’ll be able to deliver affordable, reliable and net zero-carbon heating to customers for years to come.”

Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes at Southwark Council, said:

“The regeneration of the Elephant & Castle is about building quality, sustainable homes as well as new open spaces and jobs for local residents. The energy centre is a great example of this, delivering affordable, greener heat and hot water for the homes, a new community hub, playground and much needed nursery for local children.”

This latest phase of Elephant Park adds to the momentum being delivered by Lendlease at Elephant & Castle. Following completion of the demolition of the former Heygate Estate, building work has commenced on South Gardens, the first 360 homes at Elephant Park. Work is also nearing completion at One The Elephant, a landmark, 37-storey building consisting of 284 new homes, while the first residents on the regeneration have now moved in at the 235-home Trafalgar Place development.

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