New images and detailed proposals for the Elephant & Castle redevelopment, which have been shaped by the community following last year’s consultation, will be exhibited this week.
The plans, which include an integrated site for UAL’s London College of Communication (LCC) at its centre, will be on display from Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 May 2016, in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Upper mall. The proposals also include a 1,000 seat multi-screen cinema and a previously unannounced grass-roots music venue for an audience of 500.
The new site for LCC, at the centre of the masterplan, would aim to build capacity around the digital technology industries, including design and gaming, and allow the expansion of TV and film into new creative hub for the area.
Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, commented: “As a world Top Five creative university and the leading supplier of talent to the UK’s creative industries, UAL has been at the heart of Elephant & Castle for over 50 years. We are committed to these exciting proposals, which will make the area South London’s most important business district for the next 50 years.”
The proposed masterplan by architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison, aims to deliver a ’must-visit’ town centre destination, with an impressive combination of national and independent London based shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, interspersed between 10,000 sq m of accessible public space and benefitting from improved access, with wider walkways and a new entrance and ticket-hall for the Northern Line.
The proposed LCC site builds upon a number of high-profile estates investments undertaken by UAL including a £62m regeneration of Camberwell College of Arts, the relocation of London College of Fashion to the Olympic Park at Stratford by 2021 and the completion of its Central Saint Martins campus in King’s Cross in 2011.
Initial proposals and sketches for the scheme by developer Delancey’s client fund DV4, and Europe’s largest pension fund asset manager APG, were first put on public display in July 2015 with local residents, business and stakeholders invited to comment. Over three quarters of respondents supported the proposals and all feedback has been considered in the shaping of these emerging plans which will be on display. The exhibition will show the new CGI designs, giving another opportunity and open invitation to the community and wider public to give feedback on the plans as they develop.
If approved, the plans could bring a new cultural and commercial focal point to the heart of Elephant & Castle. The Elephant & Castle town centre redevelopment is the lynchpin to the wider £3 billion regeneration underway in the area and integral to Southwark’s wider regeneration plan, which includes the creation of a new pedestrianised town centre, brand new park, 5,000 new and replacement homes, approximately 450,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, and an integrated public transport hub.
Elephant and Castle Town Centre development public exhibition
Venue: Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, Upper mall within the corner shop located next to the National Railway station entrance
Dates: Thursday 26 May 2pm-8pm, Friday 27 May 9am-5pm, Saturday 28 May 10am-4pm
For those unable to attend the public exhibition, feedback can be given online at: www.elephantandcastletowncentre.co.uk.