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Regeneration Plans For Elephant and Castle

A key site on the south eastern side of the main roundabout at Elephant and Castle could finally get a high-rise building if a masterplan gets the go-ahead.

Back in 1991 the same site saw a plan proposed by developer UK Land Estates, and designed by Raglan Squire for an 18 floor, 464-room hotel. This secured planning permission from Southwark Council despite objections from the neighbouring National Health Service who occupied Alexander Flemming House, but the project was never realised.

This time round there are two conceptual proposals which take in not only the southern part of the site, but also the entirety of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, and Hannibal House to the north, a somewhat dilapidated sixties office block.

Common to the proposals are a full refurbishment of the shopping centre and new extension, with two anchor tenants such as John Lewis although the form of the mall will depend on which of the proposals, if any, is chosen. Both also feature a new tower, but the scale of this is yet to be revealed.

In one there are sweeping curves that roughly follow the historic streetline, whilst the other one steps back. This one second proposal would have direct access to a new tower planned above the shopping centre, whilst the first sees the shopping centre act more as a retail podium.

In both plans Hannibal House appears to be retained and extended, albeit with dramatically different approaches. In the first design it a simpler slab block massed like today, and reclad whilst the other proposal sees it radically altered with voids cut into the building, and an extension erected on the roof.

The masterplans are being worked on by developers St Mowden and Salhia Real Estate in a joint venture. Whether it ever happens is another thing entirely - Elephant and Castle has a great history of proving a graveyard for tall building projects with Strata being the only notable success in the past thirty years.

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Hannibal House

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Elephant and Castle proposal 1
Elephant and Castle proposal 1
Elephant and Castle proposal 2
Elephant and Castle proposal 2
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