Published on January 22, 2014 | by Alana Maytum1
Shoreditch-style ‘boxpark’ to open near LCC
Work has started on creating a Shoreditch-style ‘boxpark’ at the former Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, as the latest initiative of Southwark Council’s £3 billion regeneration project for the area.
The Artworks Elephant scheme, consisting of more than 50 shopping containers, will be put together at the Walworth Road site in the next few months.
The council expects the pop-up shopping centre to be in place for five years, while the major regneration work gets under way.
Craig Field, a surface design student at LCC, is hopeful that Artworks Elephant will help open up business opportunities for students: “This could be the perfect way for creative students and graduates to start and develop their own business.”
He added: “South East London is already being dubbed the ‘new Shoreditch’ so it sounds like this will be a great new addition to the area.”
Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration and corporate strategy at Southwark, said: “Walworth is already a popular area for artists and students in the creative industries and is a hub for small businesses and independent retail.
“Artworks Elephant will provide temporary space for more of these types of business and support our drive to boost the local economy.”
The project, which is being developed by Lend Lease, Southwark Council, and architecture firm, Harper Downie, is expected to be completed in early 2014.
Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “We understand from other major urban regenerations which we have delivered elsewhere in the world, how difficult it can be for early stage businesses to find affordable space to rent in expensive cities such as London.”
He added: “Artworks Elephant will help to break down some of those barriers and provide an interesting and vibrant place that we hope will encourage local people and visitors alike to spend their money and time in the Elephant.”
Charlie Fulford, Artworks Elephant director, said: “This is an innovative project that will bring immediate economic and social benefits to the Elephant and Castle and help establish a real sense of place.”