Lend Lease wins £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant & Castle

Developer promises a "variety" of architects will be appointed

Architects including Glenn Howells, Richard Rogers and Allies & Morrison are celebrating after client Lend Lease won the battle to develop London’s run-down Elephant & Castle area - one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes.

In a decision announced on Tuesday morning, Southwark Council confirmed that the Australian property developer – which also recently won the right to build the 2012 Olympic village in Stratford – had been selected for the £1.5 billion Elephant scheme ahead of rival bidder St Modwen.

Despite the council’s repeated desire to avoid a “beauty contest”, BD revealed last year that the Lend Lease consortium – which also includes developers First Base and Oakmayne - featured architects Rogers, Howells, Allies & Morrison, AHMM and Benoy while St Modwen’s team featured David Chipperfield, SOM and designer Thomas Heatherwick (News, October 20 2006).

Speaking at the launch event, chairman of Lend Lease Europe, Nigel Hugill, promised to be faithful to the original Make Architects masterplan for the 69 ha area and to use a variety of practices in addition to those in his team.

“From our point of view, we were never about ripping up the Ken Shuttleworth masterplan,” he said. “This started with the key presumption that you have to put back the Georgian grid [which existed before the 1960s redevelopment of the area].

“We are going to use a variety of like-minded practices working together – large and small. I’m very confident we can put together a series of architects.

“The Southwark council housing panel [of young practices] has been successful and we can build on the strength of that.”

The Elephant & Castle will now be developed over the next decade as a carbon-neutral project including 6,000 new homes, leisure facilities, two major new parks, a cinema, a civic square and a swimming pool.

History of the Elephant and Castle redevelopment

May 2007
Southwark establishes a major projects department with a £4 billion budget to oversee delivery of key schemes in the borough including Elephant and Castle and the Aylesbury Estate.
Southwark consolidates

Jan 2007
The borough’s planning committee begins the year with an impressive clutch of high profile schemes in the pipeline set to transform the area. Will Hurst reports.
Londons new cultural heart

October 2006
Will Alsop, Marks Barfield and Fletcher Priest pull out of the race for the £1.5 billion Elephant and Castle project after falling out with masterplanner Make and Southwark council. Alsop objects to following Make’s masterplan to the letter.
Whos the king of the castle?

October 2006
A competition to redevelop the Aylesbury Estate sees S333, Witherford Watson Mann and DRMM battling it out.
Young practices compete for Aylesbury masterplan

September 2006
DRMM, S333, Panter Hudspith, Loates Taylor Shannon and Cartwright Pickard are all appointed to design housing schemes for another of the council’s key projects on the site of the former Heygate Estate.
Young firms get chance at Elephant

July 2006
Developers bidding for the project raise fears of delays as Southwark fails to release a detailed development brief.
Elephant and Castle delays raise fears over project

October 2005
Southwark’s ambitions to avoid a “beauty contest” for Elephant and Castle thwarted as developers bring in the big guns. St Modwen appoints SOM, Oceancrest signs up Alsop, Marks Barfield and landscape designer Martha Swartz.
Beauty contest fears at Elephant and Castle

September 2005
Southwark pledges the Elephant & Castle redevelopment will set a new standard for sustainability.
Sustainable pledge at Elephant & Castle

April 2005
The council’s draws up a shortlist of developers made up of Lend Lease, Oceancrest, Canary Wharf Group, Key Property Investments (a joint venture between St Modwen and Salhia Real Estate), Prudential Property, Multiplex Developments, Taylor Woodrow and Orion Land & Leisure.
Developers line up for Elephant and Castle

January 2005
De Rijke Marsh Morgan’s 31-home mixed-tenure scheme is the first housing development to be entered for planning permission as part of the £1.5 billion redevelopment of Elephant & Castle in south London.
The Elephantine barcode

June 2004
Foster loses out on the second phase of development of the Elephant to fromer employee Ken Shuttleworth’s new practice Make.
Foster loses Elephant job

February 2004
The Elephant & Castle masterplan is adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance in February after being approved by more than 80% of residents who would be rehoused under the scheme.

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