West Grove phase 2 plans submitted
Lend Lease has submitted plans for the next phase of the West Grove housing scheme in Elephant and Castle, London.The second part of the project will involve the construction of 593 new homes, along with 43,000 sq ft of new retail space at Elephant Park.Properties are to be situated around two new garden squares, designed by award-winning architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Panter Hudspith Architects. These shared amenity spaces will include play areas and gardens.Located above new high street stores on Walworth Road and above artisan shops on the new central shopping street, the homes will be situated in buildings ranging from five to 31 storeys.The one to three-bedroom residential properties have been designed to maximise flexible and adaptable space, with generous open plan living and kitchen areas. They will also feature their own private terrace or balcony.Designed to exceed level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes, the properties will incorporate the latest sustainable building practices and innovations. Their energy efficiency level is expected to be 30 per cent higher than that required by current building regulations.Affordable retail spaces, restaurants, high street stores and a new anchor foodstore will be provided, with the affordable areas providing a more organic shopping experience by reconnecting the Elephant with Walworth.Construction work will commence in spring 2015, subject to planning approval expected later this year.Rob Heasman, Lend Lease's project director for Elephant and Castle, said: "The submission of the second phase for planning marks an exciting step in the regeneration of Elephant and Castle. "We can already see the changes taking place in what will become one of the most sustainable places to live in Central London, and the last major urban regeneration project in zone one of the Underground."The second phase will build on progress already made on the development, including the successful re-naming and launch of the first 360 homes at Elephant Park. Job and training opportunities for local people will be provided during the first phase of the project.
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