Elephant & Castle regeneration

The Mayor of London has officially launched the start of construction at One the Elephant, a key part of the £3 billion transformation of the area.

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Local residents skeptical over Elephant & Castle plans

Mayor Boris Johnson has been taking a look at how the regeneration of Elephant and Castle will progress.

The area is undergoing a 15-year renovation project, which will see three thousand new homes being built, with community facilities and central London's largest new park for 70 years.

But there are questions over whether enough of the development is affordable to ordinary Londoners.

Luke Hanrahan reports:

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'Great momentum' behind Elephant and Castle project

The leader of Southwark Council has said he is "delighted" over the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, as the London Mayor launched the £3 billion transformation project today.

Councillor Peter John said:

There is now great momentum behind the changes, with more than 500 new homes and the leisure centre already under construction, and the demolition of the Heygate just around the corner.

We've been working towards this for such a long time with our development partners Lend Lease, and it's great to see all the key players like the GLA and TfL coming together to transform the Elephant & Castle into a fantastic place to live, work and visit.

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Elephant and Castle project 'start of a renaissance'

The regeneration of Elephant and Castle will bring thousands of jobs and homes to this part of the capital, London Mayor Boris Johnson said, as the project officially kicked off today.

Mr Johnson added:

Developments like this at One the Elephant, and next door on the Newington Butts site, are just the beginning, bringing quality homes into the area and helping to rejuvenate the high street.

Alongside the improvements to transport links we're seeing the start of a real renaissance for the area.

Elephant and Castle £3bn regeneration project launched

The Mayor of London has officially launched the start of construction at One the Elephant, a key part of the £3 billion transformation of the area.

The site will be home to a 37-storey residential tower containing 284 new homes, retail and business space as well as an adjacent four storey pavilion and park.

London Mayor Boris Johnson helps to start the construction of the 'One The Elephant' development in Elephant and Castle. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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