MAKE take on Elephant and Castle masterplan phase 2

MAKE architects has this week been appointed by Southwark Council to advance the Elephant and Castle Development Framework.

The appointment was made after a competitive process in which MAKE stood out as the best team to progress the next stage of the Elephant and Castle regeneration.

Southwark Council's Executive Committee adopted the Framework as Supplementary Planning Guidance in February following a public consultation in which 80% of respondents supported the plans.

John Prevc will head up the MAKE team, having joined his former colleague, Ken Shuttleworth in April. John played a lead role in evolving the Development Framework while at Fosters and Partners and will now oversee detailed urban design as a prelude to architectural work on proposals for the core area. This area will form the heart of the regenerated Elephant and Castle and will comprise four large retail and leisure blocks, two landmark towers, an enhanced railway viaduct and civic square. A newly extended Walworth Road will connect to this core area to form a public transport interchange.

Chris Horn, Elephant and Castle development project director said: "We are delighted to be working with John and Ken and the rest of MAKE on the next stage of the masterplan. Together with Tibbalds Urban Design, Space Syntax, JMP consulting and Gehl architects, we believe that we have the strongest possible team to advance the adopted plan for the Elephant."

"The Elephant and Castle is a passion for Ken, the MAKE team and me" says John Prevc. "Jointly with the rest of Southwark's masterplanning team, we believe this to be the most important urban regeneration project in London. We are delighted to be selected to take this work forward."

In September a formal procurement process will be launched to find a development partner for the Elephant and Castle masterplan.

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