A new planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre that features a new 127 metre tall residential tower.
The site, which sits on the western side of the southern roundabout at Elephant and Castle will have a 37-storey residential tower in the middle of the site. A shorter 4-storey L shaped building will stand between the main tower and the roadway providing some shelter for the new public space planned between the buildings.
Accommodation within the project will comprise of 284 apartments, none of which will be affordable, plus 700 square metres of commercial space including ground floor retail, restaurants and cafes, and a small amount of office space.
Replacing the old leisure centre will be a new £20 million one built on the western edge of the site offering the locals a more high-tech venue than the current dilapidated setting that has been designed by John McAslan. This leisure centre, which will include a swimming pool, is the entirety of the planning gain of the scheme meaning it is devoid of affordable housing.
Other tall buildings planned in the immediate area include the London Park Hotel 150 metres to the south, Oakmayne Plaza 250 metres to the east, and the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle shopping mall 150 metres to the east. Strata, the sole high-rise built in the area in recent years, stands 150 metres to the south-east.
The project is being developed by Lendlease who are in the process of divesting themselves of their share in the Greenwich Peninsula development they were joint partners with Quintain Estates in. That deal has made the funds available for Lendlease to concentrate on their development of Elephant and Castle that had ground almost to a halt in recent years.
The project is dubbed St Mary's after a nearby church. If built the scheme will be the seventh tallest residential tower in the United Kingdom.
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