South Gardens, Elephant Park

The first phase of a major regeneration project in Elephant and Castle to replace the former Heygate Estate. The new high-quality neighbourhood leads the way, not only with its sustainable credentials but also in its design and meticulous use of materials to create a fitting and timeless neighbourhood for generations to come.

High-quality Neighbourhood

The scheme creates a distinctive neighbourhood set across three building plots connected by a new public realm and centred around maturely landscaped courtyards. The buildings vary from terraces of sustainable townhouses, mansion blocks of seven to ten storeys and a sixteen-storey tower. They are executed in blends of five different bricks. The balconies take a variety of forms including ingeniously folded within Victoria bays. The general effect is playful, theatrical and decorative.

This is what regeneration should be about: people of all backgrounds and all incomes living side by side in the highest quality housing.
Cllr Peter John
OBE Leader of Southwark Council

Ultra-energy Efficient Living

The Elephant park masterplan aims to be a climate positive development. Within South Gardens there is a terrace of fifteen ultra-energy efficient town houses called “Futurehomes”. They combine the use of cross laminated timber as a sustainable building material and Passivhaus design enabling the residents to control their energy consumption and ultimately their cost expenditure. They are the first of their kind in London’s Zone One.

These homes not only achieved Passivhaus accreditation and compliance with Code for Sustainable Homes, but also incorporate a consolidated raft of ecological design measures such as grey water recycling and additional renewables.

The social-housing blocks are perhaps externally at least the most ingenious…The way in which Maccreanor Lavington has articulated the balconies, as a series of open bay windows, lined in white brick to bounce light further into the plan, is incredibly convincing and one that should be 'borrowed'.
Tim Abrahams
Architects Journal

Client: LendLease
Project Type: Housing
Location: London Borough of Southwark
Status: Completed 2017
360 new homes
Photography: Tim Crocker and Will Wiesner

Landscape Institute Awards Overall Winner Presidents Award (2018)
Building Award Best Housing Project (2018)
RIBA London Award (2018)
Housing Design Award (2018)
NLA Awards Sustainability Prize Commended (2018)
Housebuilder Awards Best Sustainable Project (2018)
Construction News Awards Sustainable Project of the Year (2018)
Brick Awards Overall Supreme Winner (2017)