A development in Elephant and Castle has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, which is awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects to the best new building in the UK.
Trafalgar Place, the first phase of the 11.33-ha, £2 billion Elephant Park regeneration scheme, was completed in summer 2015 by Lendlease. The development comprises 235 homes, 25% of which allocated as affordable. Homes are now fully occupied.
A spokesperson for Lendlease said that the news set “a benchmark for what urban regeneration can deliver” and showed that “affordable housing can be of the highest quality”.
The development has already secured Best New Place to Live and the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence at the 2016 London Planning Awards.
The Elephant Park project includes Trafalgar Place, South Gardens and West Grove. It is expected to deliver almost 3,000 homes, more than 50 shops and restaurants and a new park by 2025.
The next phase scheduled for completion is South Gardens, which will provide 360 new homes, with 25% reserved for affordable housing. It will be finished in 2017.
The Stirling Prize winner will be announced on 6 October.
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