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St Marys Wins Over Planners

Squire and Partners has secured planning permission from Southwark Council for their new 124 metre tall design to stand on the Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre site.

Called St Mary's and developed by Lend Lease, who have recently raised cash thanks to their divestment of their share of Greenwich Peninsula, the proposal consists of a 37-storey tower and a shorter 4-storey building.
Between them they will have a total of 284 apartments with the tower having an average of 8 apartments per floor set around a central core. There will also be about 800 square metres of retail and commercial space on the ground floors of the building

To fit in proportionally with Strata the tower was originally penned with a slenderness ratio of about 1:45 which saw it with over 40 floors, but this was slightly decreased to the 1:5 it is today to avoid the scheme being excessively prominent from the Serpentine Bridge. Topping the tower will be two pavilions on the roof and stepped levels that allow for the creation of roof terraces.

All residents will be able to enjoy their own private outdoor living space, with the larger apartments having areas that will support plants embracing the concept of the garden tower. To shore up the environmental credits, the project also utilises rainwater recycling.

Further to this there will also be a new leisure centre to replace the existing one that's been designed by John McAslan. This contribution, estimated to be worth as much as 20 million, is considered as the planning gain by the authorities and thus the scheme will have no affordable housing.

The green light for the project marks the latest of a series of approved towers in and around Elephant and Castle, although only one major development, Strata, has been built so far.

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