The new town centre is being brought forward in three main phases. The first phase has already completed at Elephant Central. The second phase commenced with the demolition of the existing shopping centre site in October 2020 and construction on site is now underway, targeted to complete in 2026. The third phase will commence on the site of the London College of Communication after the College has moved to its new building within phase two, and will take a further four years to complete with an estimate completion in 2030. Phases 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 London College of Communication, UAL, to continue their long established presence in 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 to the public.

In February 2021, we received planning approval by Southwark Council for a minor amendments planning application to increase the size of the LUL station box to safeguard for an integrated underground station at Elephant and Castle should the Bakerloo Line extension come forward in the future.

In July 2021, Southwark Council granted permission for a second Section 73 planning application, for minor amendments to the consented scheme.

These amendments are a natural design evolution from the initial proposals, which were initially submitted in 2016, and will allow us to deliver significant improvements for everyone in Elephant and Castle.

The new consented plans:

  • Increase the amount of affordable homes, with 7 more affordable units and 3 less market units. The 7 new affordable units will include 4 London Living Rent units and three social rent equivalent homes, in line with Southwark policy.
  • Create more larger, family sized homes, which we know our resident want. Across our developments our tenures are becoming longer and longer as our residents put down roots and become part of the local community.
  • Add 50,000 sq.ft of new office space (including 10% affordable workspace at a 25% discount from market rates) and create more jobs at Elephant & Castle. We know that the future of the office looks very different post pandemic, and this will provide creative and agile businesses with the flexible spaces they need to thrive.
  • Embrace the need for a new and better town centre experience to bring people back to retail. Post pandemic a sense of place will be more important than ever. By refining the design and removing blank façades we can create a more attractive, more welcoming and more vibrant town centre for the whole community to enjoy.
  • Allow us to provide a campus that meets the changing needs and aspirations of the UAL. We know just how central UAL are to the community, character, history and crucially the future of Elephant & Castle. These changes will secure that future for generations to come.

The Elephant and Castle Town Centre team will continue to engage with the local community, and we welcome the support we have received from residents, traders and visitors to the area alike.

485 homes (313 market rent and 172 affordable rent)


135,000 sq.ft of shops, restaurants and leisure space including a multiscreen cinema


370,000 sq.ft university building for London College of Communication, UAL


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

New tube station


New employment opportunities


10% of retail and workspace at affordable rents


55,000 sq.ft of workspace

Phase 3 – West site (LCC)

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


35,000 sq.ft of shops and restaurants


High quality public realm


A 500 persons cultural venue


New employment opportunities