The new town centre is being 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 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 (316 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 project team has reviewed the consented scheme and identified a number of ways in which it could be further enhanced. This is reflective of our desire to deliver an outstanding town centre for Elephant and Castle.

We recently 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.

A further minor amendments application has now been submitted for enhancements to the town centre scheme. The additional amendments being proposed include changes to the mix of retail, leisure, workspace and residential uses. Southwark Council have now begun their own public consultation on the application, you can view and comment on the plans here by searching the application reference 21/AP/1104. We hope that a decision will be made on the application in summer 2021.

You can view the full proposals on our dedicated consultation platform here where you can also watch recordings from the virtual consultation events.