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Old July 24th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #21
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Lend Lease wins £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant & Castle
24 July, 2007

By Will Hurst

Architects including Glenn Howells, Richard Rogers and Allies & Morrison are celebrating after client Lend Lease won the battle to develop London’s run-down Elephant & Castle area - one of Europe’s largest regeneration schemes.

In a decision announced on Tuesday morning, Southwark Council confirmed that the Australian property developer – which also recently won the right to build the 2012 Olympic village in Stratford – had been selected for the £1.5 billion Elephant scheme ahead of rival bidder St Modwen.

Despite the council’s repeated desire to avoid a “beauty contest”, BD revealed last year that the Lend Lease consortium – which also includes developers First Base and Oakmayne - featured architects Rogers, Howells, Allies & Morrison, AHMM and Benoy while St Modwen’s team featured David Chipperfield, SOM and designer Thomas Heatherwick (News, October 20 2006).

Speaking at the launch event, chairman of Lend Lease Europe, Nigel Hugill, promised to be faithful to the original Make Architects masterplan for the 69 ha area and to use a variety of practices in addition to those in his team.

“From our point of view, we were never about ripping up the Ken Shuttleworth masterplan,” he said. “This started with the key presumption that you have to put back the Georgian grid [which existed before the 1960s redevelopment of the area].

“We are going to use a variety of like-minded practices working together – large and small. I’m very confident we can put together a series of architects.

“The Southwark council housing panel [of young practices] has been successful and we can build on the strength of that.”

The Elephant & Castle will now be developed over the next decade as a carbon-neutral project including 6,000 new homes, leisure facilities, two major new parks, a cinema, a civic square and a swimming pool.
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Old August 4th, 2007, 07:26 PM   #22
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Hopefully this estate dissapears.
Its the ugliest in the area. I cant believe how people can live there

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Does anyone know what will happen to this building?

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Someone I know bought himself a flat there.


Metro Central Height's architect was Erno Goldfinger.


'Architecture from the 1960s can be good, as Erno Goldfinger's Metro Central Heights and Perronet House demonstrate. These popular residential blocks (Metro Central Heights was converted six years ago from a disused Department of Health building) sit right on the Elephant and Castle roundabout and have front row seats that are perfect for watching the regeneration unfold'.http://www.elephantandcastle.org.uk/...-castle-today/



'Metro Central Heights is a residential building in the London Borough of Southwark. It was originally known as Alexander Fleming House, a multi-storey office building designed by Hungarian-born architect Ernő Goldfinger and constructed in the early 1960s for Arnold Lee of Imry Properties.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Central_Heights'.

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Old August 4th, 2007, 07:32 PM   #23
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Erno Goldfinger Trivia:

In the early 1930s Goldfinger met and married Ursula Blackwell, heiress to the Crosse & Blackwell fortune. Before World War II, Goldfinger built only his own house (and two others) at 1-3 Willow Road in Hampstead, north London, and another at Broxted, Essex. His own house, 2 Willow Road, is now in the care of the National Trust.

As he was a neighbour in Willow Road, author Ian Fleming's dislike of the design of the house (and the demolition of the previous Victorian properties) prompted him to name the James Bond adversary and villain Auric Goldfinger after Ernő. Goldfinger consulted his lawyers when the book was published in 1959 (which prompted Fleming to threaten to rename the character 'Goldprick') but eventually decided not to sue; Fleming's publishers agreed to pay his costs and gave him six free copies of the book. Goldfinger was a serious man and sometimes sacked his assistants if they were inappropriately jocular.

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Old August 4th, 2007, 08:00 PM   #24
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Goldfinger was a ****....and why the hell does my post count go down when I don´t use it for a while. I use to be on over 3000 !! I´ve been posting since 2003 !!!
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An overview of the area being redeveloped. Strata is the pink dot -



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Old August 6th, 2007, 12:55 AM   #26
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Looks like a kangaroo.
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Looks like a kangaroo.
You didn't work on the 2012 logo did you?
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Old August 6th, 2007, 01:53 PM   #28
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Where is the Rogers tower on that map?
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Where is the Rogers tower on that map?
Go left from Strata past the 2 & past the greenery & it borders the park there.
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Old August 6th, 2007, 04:15 PM   #30
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from memory will the cross river trams be connecting to this site?

On a seperate point, I've just been looking at the bio on Goldfinger. I'll add this to my many reasons why I wish world war 1 never happened: Hungary would have kept Goldfinger and his dog turd architecture.

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Go left from Strata past the 2 & past the greenery & it borders the park there.
Ah cool. I'm really struggling to get my head around where the various E&C proposals are. I know Oakmayne Plaza is to be on the old Volvo garage to the left of the Heygate block numbered 7 and there's a tower going up in the Metro Central Heights car park other than that it's all a blur to me!

Isn't there also a proposal for the Coronet Cinema site?
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Metro Central Height's architect was Erno Goldfinger.
...... These popular residential blocks....

I think one should take more note of the views of the users of a building when judging it. Clearly a liked residence. Personally, I like it externally too.
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This video includes a night-time rendering of the Rogers tower, at 4:55 -


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Old August 9th, 2007, 08:23 AM   #35
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The Printworks development in London’s Elephant and Castle got the go-ahead today.
The scheme, being developed by First Base and owned by English Partnerships, is part of the London Wide Initiative to fast-track more homes for key workers. Designed by the architect Glenn Howells...
>> http://www.propertyweek.com/story.as...de=3092998&c=1
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The Printworks development in London’s Elephant and Castle got the go-ahead today.
The scheme, being developed by First Base and owned by English Partnerships, is part of the London Wide Initiative to fast-track more homes for key workers. Designed by the architect Glenn Howells...
>> http://www.propertyweek.com/story.as...de=3092998&c=1
Anyone know where this will be located on the kangaroo map?

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Old August 9th, 2007, 12:20 PM   #37
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there's also a few developments in the area for south bank uni, they are restoring the georgian terraces by st georges circus aswell


http://lsbu.ac.uk/estatesdevelopments/
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Im really excited about the regeneration, I really strongly believe that this area will boom in a few years, when this really gets under way it has the perfect location to be a true hotspot, with a really comspolitan yet london feel.
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http://lsbu.ac.uk/estatesdevelopments/
Did my Masters at South Bank so know the area quite well - it has a lot of potential.

The building in the first image is on the corner of Keyworth Street and Borough Road, close to St. Georges Circus.

The building in the second pic will be built on the site of the current students union on Keyworth Street, which is one of the dullest buildings in London.

Glad to see some progress being made...
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Have to say ive been looking at the second building a lot today and its really grown on me! it looks like a vast improvement!
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