Elephant and Castle residential tower and leisure centre in London receive planning approval

7 November 2012 (Last Updated November 7th, 2012 18:30)

Lend Lease has secured planning permission from Southwark Council in the UK to construct a 37-storey residential tower as part of its £1.5bn regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area in south London.

Lend Lease Elephant and Castle residential tower

Lend Lease has secured planning permission from Southwark Council in the UK to construct a 37-storey residential tower as part of its £1.5bn regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area in south London.

Designed by UK-based architectural practice Squire & Partners, the tower will be on the 0.56ha St Mary’s site and will feature 284 homes.

The development will comprise a four-storey pavilion with a residents’ roof garden and 7,000ft² of ground floor space for shops, restaurants and other businesses.

Sustainable features of the development include drainage systems that re-use rainwater for landscaping and water features, and ventilation that provides 100% clean air inside the homes.

Along with the residential tower, Southwark Council has also approved a £20m swimming pool and community leisure centre to the west of the St Mary’s site in Elephant and Castle.

Lend Lease has also agreed to provide £20m of funding for the leisure centre, which is expected to complete in the autumn of 2014.

In response to public consultation, the new facility will be built to replace the existing building and will specifically include a swimming pool.

Designed by John McAslan and Partners in partnership with architect S&P, the leisure centre will include a learner pool, four badminton courts, a gym, two fitness studios, a crèche, a cafe and an indoor cycle studio.

Southwark Council leader Peter John said that planning consent meant the development is now ready to be taken to the next stage.

"The centre will provide first-class facilities for local people and will draw others to the area when it completes," John said.


Image: The 37-storey residential tower will feature a four-storey pavilion and 7,000ft² of ground floor space. Photo: Lend Lease.