Public consultation to launch for Get Living’s Elephant and Castle scheme

Get Living announces a public consultation to enhance existing plans for the West Site of the Elephant and Castle Town Centre development.

Get Living's Elephant and Castle Town Centre West site. © Allies & Morrison | BTR News
Get Living's Elephant and Castle Town Centre West site. © Allies & Morrison.

Build to Rent company Get Living is bringing forward new proposals for the West Site of the Allies & Morrison-designed Elephant and Castle Town Centre development.

The plans are set to improve and diversify the masterplan for a better resident and visitor experience, while reducing environmental impact. The plans form part of Get Living’s redevelopment of Elephant and Castle that will provide a diverse new town centre.

The key benefits of Get Living’s updated proposals include the delivery of 498 homes in a mix of Build to Rent, 49 affordable rent and 116 social rent. There will also be c.450 PBSA units.

Plans also includes a flexible cultural venue for local community uses, improvements to the architecture in line with the changing landscape of Elephant & Castle, and improved public realm with a new public square.

The updated plans provide more robust sustainability credentials and a reduction in carbon with a move to all electric, and compliance with the Building Safety Act, with the addition of a second staircase and fire evacuation lift.

“As long-term stakeholders in Elephant and Castle, we are committed to delivering our bold new vision for the Town Centre scheme, which will transform the area into a major destination in the heart of London.

“When complete, this development will bring forward new homes, a state-of-the-art campus for UAL, workspace, shops, restaurants, and cultural and leisure space, as well as major infrastructure improvements to public transport, including a new entrance to the Northern Line Underground.

“With works well underway on the East Site, we are pleased to present our enhanced plans on the West Site, which we believe will provide far greater benefits for the existing and new community than the original consent allowed.

“We look forward to working with the community and other local stakeholders on the next stages of this transformational project.”

Rick de Blaby, Chief Executive, Get Living

Public consultation sessions for the Elephant and Castle Town Centre development

Get Living invites members of the local community to view the developing vision for the West Site and provide feedback and input on the initial designs. 

Two drop-in sessions will be held at The Castle Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk, SE1 6FG on Tuesday 16 July and Thursday 18 July 2024 from 3pm to 7pm.

The sessions are an opportunity to meet with members of the development and design team on a one-to-one basis.

An online webinar will also be hosted on Wednesday 17 July from 6pm to 7.30pm for those who can’t attend either of the drop-in sessions. To register for the webinar, please email info@elephantandcastletowncentre.co.uk.

Get Living is currently progressing with the construction of the East site of the Elephant and Castle Town Centre development. It is set to complete in 2026.

The East Site will deliver 135,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, 55,000 sq ft of workspace, 485 homes and new transport infrastructure alongside a new university building for UAL’s London College of Communication.

The project was granted consent in 2019 to build on the current site of the London College of Communication (LCC), University Arts London, which sits alongside Get Living’s existing neighbourhood at Elephant Central.

Since 2019, policy and regulatory changes have been introduced to reflect greater building safety and sustainability requirements for new developments, and Get Living is using the opportunity to improve its proposals to ensure they better meet the needs of the local area.

With works progressing at pace, LCC is expected to move into its new campus building in September 2027 which will result in the West Site becoming vacant from January 2028.

With the existing neighbourhood at Elephant Central thriving, Castle Square providing a home for local retailers, and the ongoing development of the East Site progressing at pace, Get Living is fully invested and committed to the long-term future of Elephant and Castle.

In 2022, Get Living secured a £365m five year term development loan from controlled affiliates of Starwood Capital Group for the Elephant and Castle redevelopment.