New London Architecture

Elephant Park

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Elephant Park is a spectacular green oasis at the heart of the ground-breaking revitalisation of Elephant and Castle by Lendlease and Southwark Council.
NEW LONDON AWARDS 2021

NEW LONDON AWARDS 2021

Shortlisted in the PLACEMAKING category, and for the ENVIRONMENTAL and WELLBEING Prizes

The Park at the centre of Elephant Park is a spectacular green oasis at the heart of the ground-breaking revitalisation of Elephant & Castle by Lendlease and Southwark Council. At 2-acres, it’s an inclusive and sustainable community space featuring expansive lawns, colourful rain gardens, the landmark water playscape, Elephant Springs, and pedestrian walkways nestled within naturalistic planting. The park offers everyone living, visiting or working in the area unique and unforgettable social and recreational experiences and an opportunity to slow down, relax and connect with nature.

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Resilient London: confronting climate change

Resilient London: confronting climate change

The Park is the centrepiece of Elephant Park, a revitalisation of Elephant & Castle by Lendlease and Southwark Council, setting new benchmarks in urban living. At two-acres, it’s 
an inclusive and sustainable community space featuring expansive lawns, colourful rain gardens, the landmark water playscape, Elephant Springs, and walkways nestled within naturalistic planting. The development aims to be net zero carbon in operation by 2025. A central feature, Elephant Springs is a rocky, water-world of fountains, waterfalls and sandy beaches. Created from 300 tons of Italian porphyry stone, chosen for its hard wearing and slip-resistant properties when wet, Elephant Springs is somewhere for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Designed by Gillespies, the Park provides a green oasis in London’s zone one where the local community can relax, play, exercise and socialise. It includes 27 retained, mature trees and 19 new trees, chosen for their suitability for conditions, resilience to climate change, and diversity of species to mitigate biosecurity issues and deliver more comprehensive ecological value to the Park. The wider planting strategy has a mix of native and non-native species to maximise diversity and create a spatially complex planting cover that, according to many academic studies, has the most significant impact on supporting biodiversity. The Park’s rain gardens are a vital part of the SUDS strategy, infiltrating surface water runoff from hard paved areas into the underground aquifer rather than overburdening London’s combined sewer system. 

Enveloping one of the mature London Plane trees is the Park’s pavilion building. Comprising a community space, café  kiosk and publicly accessible elevated terrace, the building  is constructed from predominantly low carbon cross laminated timber.  Pedestrian and cycle routes connect it to the surrounding areas of Southwark and the public transport network, encouraging green, sustainable methods of travel to and from the area. Retaining the 27 mature, existing trees, has a huge impact 
in carbon fixing and storage. Their extensive canopy cools the air, mitigates pollution and provides microclimatic improvements alongside habitats for wildlife. The design focused on maximising planting and reducing hard paving, allowing all opportunities where possible for the carbon sequestering properties of soil. The main paths are paved in self-binding gravel, a material with a lower carbon footprint, and where natural stone paving is used for areas of heavy footfall, such as Elephant Springs, European stone has been selected for its lower shipping impact.

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Project information

Status

Built

Borough

Southwark

Size

8094 sq m

Completion

June 2021


Location

P10 Fitness, 8 Farrell Court, Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB, UK


Team Credits

Client

Lendlease

Landscape Architect

Gillespies

Water Feature Designer

Mel Chantrey of Fountain Workshop

Engineer

Buro Happold

Contractor

Carey Group Plc

Softworks Contractor

Willerby Landscapes

Lighting Designer

Spiers and Major

Pavillion Architect

Bell Phillips Architects

Arboriculturalist

Treework Environmental Practice


Listed by

Gillespies

Last updated on

16/09/2021


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