Get Living to gain public’s views on Elephant & Castle development

Get Living is fully invested and committed to the long-term future of Elephant and Castle. The plans are set to diversify the masterplan.

Get Living's West Site at the Elephant & Castle scheme | PBSA News
Get Living's West Site at the Elephant & Castle scheme.

Get Living is bringing forward new proposals for the West Site of the Elephant and Castle development, designed by Allies & Morrison. The updated plans will include additional student accommodation units.

The plans are set to improve and diversify the masterplan for a better resident and visitor experience. This forms part of Get Living’s redevelopment of Elephant and Castle that will provide a diverse new town centre.

Key benefits

The key benefits of Get Living’s updated proposals for the West site include: 

  • c.450 purpose-built student accommodation units (PBSA).
  • The delivery of 498 new homes including Build to Rent, 49 affordable rent and 116 social rent (as consented).
  • A flexible cultural venue for local community uses.
  • Reduced pressure on the local private rented market by providing new student residential units, ensuring the student population has housing that is high quality and fit for purpose.
  • Leveraging the significant economic and cultural benefits that UAL and other universities bring to the local area.
  • Improvements to the architecture in line with the changing landscape of Elephant & Castle as well as improved public realm with a new public square.
  • More robust sustainability credentials and a reduction in carbon with a move to all electric.
  • Compliance with the Building Safety Act with the addition of a second staircase and fire evacuation lift.

Get Living invites the local community to view the developing vision for the West Site and provide feedback on the initial designs. 

Two drop-in sessions will be held at The Castle Centre, which will be an opportunity to meet with members of the development and design team on a one-to-one basis. A webinar will also be hosted for those who can’t attend either of the drop-in sessions.

 “As long-term stakeholders in Elephant and Castle, we are committed to delivering our bold new vision for the Town Centre scheme, which will transform the area into a major destination in the heart of London. When complete, this development will bring forward new homes, a state-of-the-art campus for UAL, workspace, shops, restaurants, and cultural and leisure space, as well as major infrastructure improvements to public transport, including a new entrance to the Northern Line Underground.

“With works well underway on the East Site, we are pleased to present our enhanced plans on the West Site, which we believe will provide far greater benefits for the existing and new community than the original consent allowed.

“We look forward to working with the community and other local stakeholders on the next stages of this transformational project.”

Rick de Blaby, Chief Executive at Get Living

With works progressing at pace, LCC is expected to move into its new campus building in September 2027. This means that the West Site will become vacant from January 2028.

With the existing neighbourhood at Elephant Central thriving, Castle Square provides a home for local retailers and the ongoing development of the East Site progressing at pace, Get Living is fully invested and committed to the long-term future of Elephant and Castle.  

Public Exhibitions

Drop-in sessions will be held at The Castle Centre, 2 St Gabriel Walk, SE1 6FG

They will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday 16 July, 3pm to 7pm.
  • Thursday 18 July, 3pm to 7pm.

An online webinar will be held on Wednesday 17 July from 6pm to 7.30pm. If you would like to register to join, please email info@elephantandcastletowncentre.co.uk.

Get Living

Get Living is currently progressing with the construction of the East site, set to complete in 2026. This site will provide 135,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, 55,000 sq ft of workspace and 485 homes.

The project was granted consent in 2019 to build on the current site of the London College of Communication (LCC), University Arts London, which sits alongside Get Living’s existing neighbourhood at Elephant Central.

Policy and regulatory changes have been introduced to reflect greater building safety and sustainability requirements for new developments. Get Living is using the opportunity to improve its proposals to ensure they better meet the needs of the local area.

Get Living recently sold a Glasgow site to Galliard Apsley Partnership. The scheme has existing consent to build 681 PBSA units on the 7.5 acre site.