Elephant and Castle PBSA plans for 1,500-room development

The site is currently home to Skipton House – a 250,000sq ft office block.

Skipton House in October 2019. The site could become a student accommodation scheme | PBSA News
Skipton House in October 2019. The site could become a student accommodation scheme. Image credit: Kicsinyul (Creative Commons).

A new Elephant and Castle PBSA scheme could be on its way as a developer eyes up an office block for redevelopment. Skipton House, behind Elephant and Castle station’s Bakerloo line entrance, could see student blocks rising up to 32 storeys.

Developer London & Regional has said around 200 flats could also be built in lower-rise buildings in front of the taller blocks. The new buildings are being designed by architectural firm HTA Design. 

The site is currently home to Skipton House – a 250,000sq ft office block. It was recently home to an NHS department but has been occupied since 2022.

London & Regional said the NHS left in 2022 due to the building’s location and condition. The developer said it had been difficult to find tenants since then.

The building’s presence creates a barrier, impacting pedestrian flow in and around Elephant and Castle’s north roundabout and diminishing the station’s connection to Southwark Bridge Road and the London South Bank University Campus.

The development on 80 London Road could include retail and commercial provision at the ground and upper floors. There are also plans to make pedestrian improvements to Ontario Street and introduce a Station Square next to the station entrance.

The developer hopes to submit a full planning application in autumn, with construction set to begin in 2028 if approved. It also hopes this new scheme would complement Elephant and Castle’s £4bn regeneration. The huge scheme includes Elephant Park, a new town centre and an upgraded underground tube station, alongside 22 other projects.