Welcome to the brand new Elephant Park blog; Lend Lease’s ultimate guide to our world leading sustainable plans for the Elephant & Castle regeneration and the exciting transformation taking place.
There has already been a significant amount of positive change in Elephant & Castle, with construction on our first two developments in the regeneration, One The Elephant and Trafalgar Place, almost half way through. The demolition of the former Heygate estate will be complete later this year, making way for the first of the five phases of our Elephant Park development.
As Elephant Park starts to take shape, we’ll be sharing news, highlights and special behind-the-scenes interviews with some of those involved in the regeneration. We’ll also be profiling many of the fantastic community organisations we’re proud to be partnering with and we’ll be telling you more about the ‘Elephant Effect’ – our sustainability vision for the regeneration ensuring it will be central London’s greenest new place to live.
Stay tuned for news on community projects that have successfully bid for our local fund, info on our work with the community to name new local streets and buildings, updates on regeneration jobs and business opportunities, and lots more.
One of the many exciting projects going on at the moment is Artworks, Elephant & Castle’s very own arts and creative enterprise community, which opens in July this year. Not only are we really excited that Artworks is coming to Elephant Park, but it’s a really important part of our efforts to ensure that the area continues to thrive during the demolition and construction works. The community will consist of 39 recycled shipping containers on-site that will provide low cost business and retail space for creative and start-up companies, from in and around the area. These include The Elephant Shack café/bar, run by local catering company Ladle & Skillet, the delicious SE Cakery, the brilliant Body Align pilates and yoga studio, and the fabulous Longview bar. Artworks will also be home to Southwark Council’s temporary Newington Library, as work continues to rebuild Walworth Town Hall after it was gutted by fire. Keep an eye on our community website for more info, check out www.theartworks-uk.com – or come on down for a look yourself.
In the meantime, if you’ve got a question about the regeneration, you can call us on 0203 600 0001, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in for a chat at our community drop-in events on the first Tuesday of every month at the Hub, Walworth Road.