Published on October 21, 2013 | by Jack Davis0
Students to benefit from new look Elephant and CastleWork is underway on the £3 billion project to revamp the Elephant & Castle area.
One of the key changes will be the building of a new £20 million leisure centre, a facility that the area has desperately needed for some time, with the nearest currently situated in Waterloo.
The leisure centre is due to be open by the end of 2014 and will include a top of the range gym facility.
Korey, a media student at the LCC is very optimistic about the new plans: “The gym facility will be a huge bonus for me.
“After lessons I just want to hit the gym but after a long journey home I’m usually too tired to even consider joining my local gym, so I’ll be extremely happy once the construction has been completed.”
The new facility will contain a six-lane community pool, learner pool, four-court sports hall, two exercise halls and a dedicated spinning room.
Students at LCC have often complained about a lack of sporting facilities so this will come as a great relief.
The regeneration of the area will also help make LCC a more attractive option for prospective students, with the rundown Heygate estate and the local shopping centre also being demolished and redeveloped.
The overall scheme, led by Southwark Council, will see new homes, improved roads and new open spaces over the next 15 years.
The council has also confirmed that it wants the shopping centre demolished and replaced in keeping with the rest of the project.
Jordan Griffin, another student at LCC, was also happy to hear about the regeneration: “The area clearly needs some much needed funding. In its current state I can imagine many students are put off at the idea of coming to LCC to study.” Jordan added, “ I’ll be interested to see the new leisure centre and hopefully arranging some social events there with friends.”
Long term resident and local builder Robert Steeden said: “The perception of Elephant & Castle has never been great, with big ugly estates taking up much of the area and with crime dominating most of the local paper.”
He went on to add, “The leisure centre will hopefully keep some of the kids off the streets, who I’ve always felt for given the lack of stuff to do.”