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Proposals for Elephant and Castle regeneration homes submitted

17 October 2012 No Comment

Plans for the first houses to be constructed as part of the £1.5 billion regeneration of Elephant & Castle have been submitted, bdonline.co.ukreports.

Architect dRMM has compiled a planning application which details proposals for 235 new homes on a site next to the Heyside Estate in south London. Developer Lend Lease has submitted the plans to Southwark Council, who will make a decision at the end of the year.

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To become a thriving urban quarter

With 25 per cent of the homes classified as ‘affordable’, dRMM’s vision is of eight residential buildings which will include everything from studio flats to four-bedroom houses. Every separate home will have ‘some form’ of outdoor space, be it a balcony or a garden.

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Landscaped public areas will be created in among the residential blocks.

Analysing the environmental impact

Dedicated workshops have been held to discuss environmental impacts, including the undertaking of a lifecycle carbon study by Lend Lease. The strategy encompasses 12 themes including transport, waste, energy efficiency, nature, shared infrastructure and materials, implying a focus toward sustainable construction that extends beyond the building stage.

Sustainable construction that integrates with surroundings

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The aim is to create a

“healthy and thriving urban quarter that enriches and integrates with the surrounding well-established neighbourhood,”

according to Lend Lease project director, Rob Deck, speaking to constructionenquirer.com.

Additional transformation of a 170 acre site

Permission for the overall regeneration was given back in 2010 and is predicted to take some 15 years in total. It will also see the transformation of a 170-acre site in Elephant & Castle. According to bbc.co.uk, it may even involve the demolition of the area’s iconic – some say eyesore – red shopping centre.

Author: Elizabeth Smythe    Date Written: 16 October 2012

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