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Next stage of Elephant and Castle town centre revealed

Words: Laura Edgar

Plans for the next phase to revamp Elephant and Castle town centre have been set out by Delancey, including new retail units and homes.

Delancey’s client fund DV4 and pension fund asset manager APG have put forward the proposals, which are designed by architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison.

These include an integrated campus for the London College of Communications (LCC), part of the University of Arts London (UAL), a multiscreen cinema and a 500-person capacity music venue.

The masterplan, Allie and Morrison explains, aims to deliver a “must-visit” town centre, with national and independent London-based shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, alongside 108,000 square feet of accessible public space, wider walkways and a new entrance and ticket area for the Northern Line.

The mixed-use development includes delivery of more than 1,000 homes, which would be priced “for a wide range of local earning levels, with the majority available to let on a long-term basis”.

This phase would incorporate the existing Elephant and Castle shopping centre and the adjacent LCC site and deliver around 60,000 square feet of workspace for UAL head office staff.

It is the second phase of Delancey’s work in the area, following the completion of a residential and retail development on Elephant Road. 

Jamie Ritblat, on behalf of Delancey, DV4 and APG, said: “Over the last three years we have been in ongoing discussions with key local stakeholders, the public and our partners at UAL in order to ensure we put culture, art, education and – most importantly - the needs of the local community at the heart of our plans. We are confident that these proposals reflect this and look forward to receiving further feedback to help us deliver this vision.”

Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said Southwark is “leading on a regeneration programme” that the council hopes will bring people from all over London to Elephant and Castle to enjoy “top-quality shopping, arts, culture and entertainment”.

“This is why the council is pleased to be working closely with Delancey on the redevelopment of the shopping centre and why we are so pleased to see such a range of new cultural facilities, especially a new music venue that we strongly support, included in these plans.”

More information can be found here.

Image credit | Allies & Morrison