Elephant & Castle

Waterman worked with Lend Lease to put forward planning applications to develop three areas of the £1.5bn Elephant and Castle regeneration project.


Project Services
  • Client

    Lend Lease

  • Architect

    Make, DMRR, Squire & Partners

Two applications were associated with the former residential Heygate Estate: the Heygate Masterplan (now known as Elephant Park) and Phase One of the Heygate Regeneration (now known as Trafalgar Place).  The third application related to the site of the Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre: St Mary’s Residential (now referred to as One The Elephant).

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Sustainability Services
Waterman undertook EIAs for the schemes drawing upon our wealth of experience associated with urban regeneration projects. Our specialists provided expert advice and assessments on Air Quality, Noise and Vibration, Archaeology and Ecology, Ground Conditions and Contamination. We also prepared a Sustainability Statement to accompany the Heygate Masterplan application.

Waterman  provided advice on the necessary components of the outline planning application for Elephant Park to allow for a legally watertight, yet commercially flexible planning permission. Southwark Council granted planning permission for all three applications in late 2012 and early 2013.

Environmental challenges included:

  • Transport and access issues from both construction activities and once occupiers are using the developments;
  • The potential for contamination beneath the sites;
  • The presence of historic Roman ditches adjacent to part of the site;
  • The potential for adverse wind conditions and the availability of suitable sunlight and daylight within adjacent properties and the new apartments;
  • Minimising any effects on the Grade II listed Metropolitan Tabernacle building to the north of the One The Elephant site and also ensuring there was no significant impact on views from the Serpentine Bridge in Hyde Park towards the palace of Westminster.

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