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Final masterplan for Heygate Estate revamp revealed

Published Thursday, 23 February 2012

Artist's impression of Elephant and Castle revamp

As part of the next stage of Southwark's £1.5bn transformation of Elephant & Castle, the council’s development partner, Lend Lease, is holding a public exhibition on the transformation of the Heygate.

Following on from the feedback received on the concept masterplan in October 2011 this exhibition will reveal the final illustrative masterplan proposals for the Heygate Estate regeneration to be submitted to the planning committee in spring 2012.

The principle behind the regeneration masterplan is to create a thriving and sustainable urban quarter which will contribute towards the wider regeneration of the Elephant and Castle site.

This will include one of the largest new parks in central London in the last 70 years, delivering significant public open space at the heart of the district that will define the Elephant and Castle regeneration. 

The outline masterplan for the Heygate Estate will deliver circa 2,500 homes of varying size, a new and diverse shopping experience, restaurants and places to eat, drink and socialise plus new offices, community and cultural space and leisure facilities.

The wider regeneration of the Heygate Estate will also bring about significant economic benefits, including training opportunities and job creation.

The plans will see the provision of approximately 16,500 sqm of new retail which will offer a mixture of high street shops and smaller independent retailers plus cafes and restaurants, including additional shops on the Walworth Road which will extend the footfall from the existing high street to the shopping centre and transport hub.

A network of new public squares and open areas will also be delivered including Walworth Square which will enhance the setting of the historic Town Hall building on Walworth Road. 

Both affordable housing and improved transport are key components to the overall redevelopment plans, the new Heygate scheme will have a minimum of 25% affordable housing and both the Council and Lend Lease are committed to working together to attract other funds to provide over and above this percentage.

Southwark Council will also be seeking a financial contribution towards improvements to the Northern line station and removal of subways around the northern roundabout from all its partner developers in the local area. This will enable better transport and access to people working, living and visiting Elephant and Castle.

As well as public transport, making the Heygate site safe for new residents travelling on foot or by bicycle is a top priority. The Council and Lend Lease are committed to incorporating, safe and secure cycling parking and new cycle lanes as well as new and improved streets and pedestrian crossings to provide residents with access to shops and leisure opportunities in the new town centre.

At this stage Lend Lease is submitting an outline planning application which will set the development and design parameters for the scheme. Each phase of the scheme will then be designed in full detail and future 'reserved matters' planning applications will be submitted for approval. Consultation with the local community and stakeholders will also be carried out for each of these detailed applications, providing additional opportunities for comment and feedback. 

Public consultation began in December 2010 and feedback from the community and the public has influenced and shaped the final illustrative masterplan in significant ways, including alterations to the size and location of the park at the heart of the scheme; the retention of key clusters of the mature trees along existing roads, in new areas of public open space and the park in particular; amendments to vehicular, pedestrian and cycle routes; alterations to locations and height of proposed tall buildings; and ideas for interim uses prior to the commencement of construction.

Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration at Southwark Council, said: "As the masterplan takes shape, people will begin to see the extent of the exciting changes happening in this part of central London, something local people have asked for and long anticipated.

"Elephant and Castle is becoming a buzzing destination for people across London and beyond to live, work and enjoy brand new, high quality homes, new leisure facilities and green spaces of exceptional quality and scale. I look forward to hearing what people think, and encourage people to be actively involved in developing a place to continue to be proud of, and to call home."
Lend Lease Project Director for Elephant and Castle, Rob Deck, said:  "We are really pleased to be sharing our final outline masterplan for the Heygate Estate. Throughout the design development process we've been actively seeking feedback from the local community and it's been invaluable in helping us to develop our ideas.

"We believe the masterplan has addressed many of the comments we have received to date and we very much want the input of local people to help inform the final stage of the design development prior to our submission of an outline planning application in the coming months.

"We are working in partnership with Southwark Council to redevelop the Elephant and Castle and our ambition is to ensure Elephant and Castle takes its rightful place as a thriving and successful urban quarter in London."
The exhibition will take place at the Consultation Hub, 184 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1JJ on the following dates: Thursday 23rd February 2012 - 11am-8pm Friday 24th February 2012 - 11am-6pm Saturday 25th February 2012 - 11am-6pm.

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