New £1.5bn master-plan for Elephant & Castle

One of Europe's largest regeneration projects unveiled

Landscape architects from Tibbalds TM2 have unveiled their part of one of Europe’s biggest regeneration projects. South London’s car-strangled Elephant & Castle will have a civic square, four new open spaces and green pedestrian links throughout an area made notorious for grimy housing estates and a roundabout shrouding a warren of underpasses. The team for the 600,000m2 scheme includes Foster and Partners, Gehl Architects and Space Syntax. One of the most impressive urban spaces will be outside old railway arches, which will be turned into shops and cafes for a market square. The master-plan will make way for 11,000 homes to be built over five years with affordable housing taking up to between 30 and 70 per cent. Southwark’s Liberal Democrat council relaunched the master-plan last week after the first effort stalled because of rows in the development consortium. Traffic flows to the nightmare roundabout will be rerouted to make way for a cross-river tram, the red-painted shopping centre will be smashed down for two towers to overlook tree-lined walks and glazed shopping streets.

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