Elephant Park

Elephant Park Masterplan is a £2.3 billion regeneration project in South London providing 3,000 new homes, 6,000 new jobs and a 2 acre new park.

The Elephant Park regeneration programme spans across 28 acres of land in the centre of Elephant and Castle within the London Borough of Southwark (LB Southwark). The client, Lendlease, has the vision to create Central London’s new green heart as proposals include a 2-acre new park which would be the largest new green space in London for 70 years. The approach to the development largely focuses on achieving sustainable outcomes which is highlighted by the regeneration project chosen to be part of the Climate Positive Development Programme.

To create sustainable outcomes, the scheme will provide 3,000 new cycle spaces, plant 1,200 new trees and ensure that all homes designed achieve at least 35% lower emissions than current regulations require. The Elephant Park regeneration programme will create opportunities for all by delivering at least 1,700 affordable homes.

Greengage have been involved with the Elephant Park project for several years now.  Our initial involvement was around ecology survey and input to the masterplan with particular emphasis on bat surveys. We were pleased to sit on the Biodiversity Ecology and Nature (BEN) Strategy board which sets the Framework for ecological design on each detailed phase. As part of this role, Greengage provided input to the green roof and green infrastructure strategy for the first phase of the development and we are currently undertaking a long-term monitoring scheme of the effectiveness of the green roofs and other ecological enhancements.  This novel monitoring scheme stands to provide crucial data on the long-term effectiveness of urban Green Infrastructure.

As future phases of the development have come forward Greengage have taken on the role of EIA consultant and advisor to Lendlease. The latest element has included Greengage delivering the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening exercise on behalf of Lendlease for the fifth phase of the development (MP5 H7) which involved the production of an Environmental Review Report. As part of the report, Greengage coordinated a number of consultants from different technical disciplines to provide the necessary input and details for the EIA Screening. The aim of the Screening Exercise was to demonstrate to LB Southwark that an EIA would not be required for this phase of the project. LB Southwark’s screening decision was that an EIA is not necessary for the development which provided Lendlease with the outcome they desired.

Ewan Oliver, Public Realm Development Manager for Lendlease regeneration project said: “Lendlease has ambitious biodiversity and sustainability standards that go well beyond planning obligations, particularly on its flagship regeneration project, Elephant Park where 3000 homes are being delivered in Zone 1 London alongside commercial and retail space.

The Elephant Park BEN (Biodiversity Ecology & Nature) Strategy sets out the standards expected from design teams and provides guidance on our ecology objectives and how to design habitats and other interventions in a way that maximises urban biodiversity.

Greengage have been providing ecology monitoring and design services for the last four years at Elephant Park and have proven to be instrumental in upholding the standards and even pushing them further in some areas; an attitude which has always impressed the Lendlease team.

They have not only provided a highly professional service on the project but have also turned work around very quickly to meet a demanding delivery programme whilst always thinking about the bigger picture and how things can be done better and in a way that not only benefits urban ecology, but the human inhabitants of the city, very much understanding the connection between people and nature.

Greengage have also delivered a number of ecology and landscape strategies for Lendlease, including a Biodiversity Design Guide on a significant urban regeneration project and input to a biodiverse roof design guide to be used across the business’s portfolio of UK projects.”