South Gardens, Elephant Park

Elephant and Castle, London, UK

South Gardens, Elephant Park

Gillespies’ South Gardens public realm provides new open spaces and a network of green pedestrian-friendly streets that establish connections to the north and across the site of central London’s greenest new place to live.

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South Gardens is the first phase of the landmark Elephant Park regeneration project in Elephant and Castle by developer Lendlease. The masterplan is set to deliver almost 2,500 new homes, retail and restaurants spaces, new open spaces, improved ‘green’ streets, and a brand new park at the heart of the development.

South Gardens comprises 360 new homes designed by architects Maccreanor Lavington, ranging from three-storey houses to a sixteen storey tower. The public realm design for South Gardens provides a series of tree-lined streets, easy-to-navigate cycling routes and open spaces that form a green network of improved connections and spaces accessible to all, safe, playful, and promote community cohesion.

Gillespies is the public realm masterplanner for the entire Elephant Park site and the landscape designer for its additional phases and the brand new park. The overall landscape masterplan aims to establish Elephant Park as one of the city’s greenest places to live, with more than a hundred mature trees retained and nearly 300 new trees planted over the project's life.

Sustainability underpins the vision for Elephant Park, which is one of only 18 global projects in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) programme that is taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the world’s megacities.