The new town centre will be brought forward in three main phases. The first phase has already completed at Elephant Central. The second will start on the existing Shopping Centre site and is targeted to open in 2025. The third phase will commence on the site of the London College of Communication after the College has moved to its new building in 2026 and will take a further 4 years to complete by 2030. Phase 2 and 3 comprise:

Phase 2 – East Site (Shopping Centre)

The East site will provide:

  • Housing for Londoners both at affordable and market rent, professionally managed by Get Living, the UK’s pioneer in build to rent.  Get Living offers simple and straightforward renting with no fees, no deposits and with secure, flexible tenancies. Homes will come fully furnished with smart home features and superfast WiFi already installed. When complete, residents will benefit from having 24/7 security, an onsite team available to help six days a week as well as access to a calendar of free social events organised by the Get Living team.
  • A combination of  shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, with existing shopping centre independent traders getting first right of refusal to return to the affordable retail spaces. We will also be introducing new businesses to Elephant and Castle.
  • A state of the art new home for the University of the Arts’, London College of Communications to continue their long established presence in the Elephant and Castle and offer a public facing building to welcome in the local community to their spectacular exhibitions and end of year shows.
  • Major improvements in transport infrastructure with; a new entrance to the Northern Line Underground providing both escalator and lift access and designed to safeguard for any future Bakerloo line extension. Step free access between the Overground Rail and Underground stations at street level.
  • New London streets and a central court open for access 24hrs.

481 homes (319 market rent and 165 affordable rent)


160,000 sq.ft of shops, restaurants and leisure space including a multiscreen cinema


350,000 sq.ft university building for UAL:LCC


High quality public realm - 27 trees to be retained or newly planted

New tube station


New employment opportunities

Phase 3 – West site (LCC)

498 new homes (333 market rent, 49 affordable rent and 116 social rent)


35,000 sq.ft of shops, restaurants and workspace


10% of all retail and workspace will be at affordable rents


High quality public realm


A 500 persons cultural venue


New employment opportunities



The Transition

When the shopping centre closed on the 24th September the site was secured and Heras fencing was erected to clearly separate the building from the pavements which will remain open.

The current access route through the shopping centre is now closed from the overground station and pedestrians will follow the enhanced pavement route along Elephant Road for access between the Rail and Northern/Bakerloo Line Underground stations.

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  • PHASE 1

    PHASE 1: JULY 2020 - OCTOBER 2020

  • PHASE 2

    PHASE 2: OCTOBER 2020 - MARCH 2021

  • PHASE 3

    PHASE 3: APRIL 2021 - JANUARY 2022

  • PHASE 4

    PHASE 4: FEBRUARY 2022 - OCTOBER 2022

  • PHASE 5

    PHASE 5: NOVEMBER 2022 - MARCH 2025

  • PHASE 6

    PHASE 6: DECEMBER 2023 - APRIL 2024

  • PHASE 7

    PHASE 7: MARCH 2025

The deconstruction of all existing buildings will commence in October with the erection of a more substantial site hoarding. This hoarding will contain a number of dedicated vehicular access gates that will transition through 7 phases of deconstruction and construction.

Keltbray have been selected to undertake the demolition. They have extensive experience and specialist expertise in working on and around rail and underground infrastructure.

Multiplex are assisting to provide technical services to bring forward the construction, which is expected to commence in Q1 2021.

Both Keltbray and Multiplex pride themselves in providing first class community engagement, which includes ensuring a high level of communication during the ongoing construction activities. The aim being to minimise any impacts, keep the community informed and to be good and socially aware neighbours during the transition process. For the latest version of the Community Update newsletter please click here

In addition to the above, both Keltbray and Multiplex are highly motivated and focused on supporting local people with employment and upskilling. During the development, a number of opportunities will be created and these will include apprenticeships, new entrant positions, work experience placements and a variety of educational activities with local schools, colleges and universities. Email for more information.