About Lendlease

Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group. It has worked on a number of high profile developments – including the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympics and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. It inspires to ‘create places that leave a positive legacy with a focus on health and safety, customers, innovation and sustainability.’

Lendlease developments

HomeViews showcases a number of Lend Lease’s developments – from Southwark’s Elephant Park to Westfield Avenue’s Glasshouse Gardens, which is in close proximity to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Keep an eye out for the newly completely construction development, Cambium in South West London.

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“Elephant Park encompasses all the main factors I looked for in a long term investment in central London. Firstly, the price was affordable for a high specification project set amidst a generous layout of green spaces with well planned amenities for everyone, young and old. The interior space, of my 3-room flat, in particular is very well designed and comes equipped with superior quality appliances and fittings, to ensure better reliability and durability. The communal areas too enjoy a high level of maintenance and upkeep, and with the upcoming opening of the Central Shopping Street, Elephant Park will undoubtedly become a residential landmark in Central London .. Hooray!” – Anonymous, Verified Resident of Elephant Park

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8

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4.31 Rating

Rating (based on 116 reviews)

Excellent

45.69%

Very Good

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10.34%

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Amazing location, high price

This is a new development located in the regeneration area of Elephant Park in Elephant & Castle. There are two developments, Park Central East & West and although this review is for Park Central West, they are basically the same.

The development is located a few minutes walk from E&C Tube station and the Thameslink station, so it’s extremely convenient for getting into town. It’s also a moment from the local Sainsbury’s, and all the restaurants and bars which have sprung up around Elephant Park.

There are 4 blocks in the development which are purpose built rentals, and 2 shared ownership blocks, each with their own entrance. The main building is the tower block, New Cooper Point, which the concierge sits in (more on this in a bit).

Within the development there’s reasonable shared facilities, with a TV room, games room, shared working space, dining room and gym. (One of the buildings has its own roof terrace but you can’t use that unless you live in that building.) All in all the shared facilities are a nice feature but are getting busy, even with the development barely occupied, and I’m not sure how much I’ll actually use them. You can book out the rooms for £50 which is a nice feature if you have too many friends for your flat. The biggest issue with the shared spaces is people not respecting them – the cleaning staff do a good job of keeping on top of things but at the weekends there’s often a party vibe to the place, with messes left by people not cleaning up after themselves.

The flats themselves are modern, with underfloor heating, high speed internet and contemporary fittings. Otherwise there’s not much to say on them as they feel pretty much like all new build developments I’ve seen/lived in across London. The soundproofing seems reasonable, although you can definitely still hear your neighbours and people outside, and my block is not half full yet, so time will tell as to how it holds up.

My fellow residents mostly seem to be young people, generally in flat shares or couples. Other blocks in E&C seem to have somewhat older residents, presumably because of the cost of buying them, but Park Central West definitely has an almost student vibe to it (there’s been a number of midweek parties going on late, which I can’t imagine working professionals would do?).

The facilities staff are friendly and try their best to help out but they are limited by the various rules/limitations put in place by the Landlord. You can’t get spare keys (1 key per tenant only) and trying to get a visitor’s key is dependent on which staff is on the desk at the time (not everyone has access to the system/has been trained). The tenancy agreement is very strict on people staying over more than a few nights a week, so I have no idea how it would work if you had a new partner and were testing out living together (no key for them!). Plus the concierge won’t accept packages on your behalf, so things are just left lying in the entrances – we’ve been told there’s a parcel room coming at some point, but they still can’t confirm when and it’s been several months already.

The development is still barely occupied. The lettings agents make out that it’s full or filling up but that’s just not true – I’ve spoken to a number of my neighbours who thought they were moving into a full building, only to realise that they’d been misled. They definitely are starting to fill up, but the sense of urgency put upon me by the agent was pure sell and I wish I’d taken more time to view other (obviously) empty flats in the block before settling for the one I went for.

I still think the reason they aren’t filling up is due to the price: this block is still more expensive than the other flats going in/around Elephant Park, and they have a similar specification.

All in all it’s a nice development with friendly staff, in an amazing location. If you don’t mind noise and have the money then I’m sure you’ll be very happy here.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Elephant & Castle has changed significantly over the past 15 years, with a lot of the council housing developments being ripped down and replaced with new buildings. This has meant that a lot more money has poured into the area, and it’s changed accordingly.

It used to be that you needed to leave the area in order to find somewhere decent to eat but this is no longer the case: there are lots of pubs and restaurants in the area now, with most of the ‘dodgy’ locations having been refurbished to attract a different crowd.

The massive perk of E&C has always been its location and transport links: you can get into Central London or the City in 20 minutes and both Waterloo and London Bridge are very close as well.

There are still some negatives to the area: it feels quite rough in certain bits, and there’s a persistent culture of drunks hanging around in the parks through the night and into the morning. It’s generally fine but can be a bit shocking to see people still ‘going at it’ early in the morning (along with the negatives such as using the parks as toilets, etc).

It’s also been a shame to see people not respecting the facilities of the area at all, with people walking across flower beds and killing plants, to the delivery couriers cycling very aggressively along paths and almost hitting pedestrians.

All in all though, I still feel E&C is a great place to live.

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I wish I’d realised how cheap the fittings/finish are in the flats: the floor isn’t really wood, the tiles seem to be made from plastic, the bath creaks and groans when you stand in it, and the kitchen appliances look fancy but are pretty cheap (the extractor is the worst – smoke flows around it rather than being sucked in!).

Also, be aware that there’s no parking on site. You can use the service yard for furniture removals and a loading bay with a 20 minute limit (and cameras which issue fines!) but otherwise no where for guests to park. We’re not allowed parking permits for the street parking, so it can be a pain if you have anyone driving to see you. It’s also a pain if you get a taxi, as there’s no where for them to pull up really. So you can find yourself walking around the block with heavy bags.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Very hit and miss: some questions are answered pretty much immediately, whilst others are completely ignored.

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Plans to build with the community

I was so impressed with the ethos of the Elephant Park developers and it is why I chose to move to South Gardens. Like so much of London communities are under seige from new developments and developers need to bring something new, support the community but also not lose the history of an area. I think it is right that these big developers who are making a lot of money out of the development are giving back and investing in community services. London does not need more of the haves and have nots living side by side but we need to create shared values and experiences.

I love that the developers have made a commitment to name all streets and buildings at Elephant Park based on suggestions from the local community. Examples on South Gardens include Bodley Way and Eider Street, which were both streets before the Heygate Estate went up and match very closely to the new streets that have now been built. The new buildings at Elephant Park have also been named based on community suggestions and the tallest building on South Gardens has been called Baldwin Point, after the famous herbalists on Walworth Road, G Baldwin & Co. Lendlease have also made a commitment to replace all trees that have to be uprooted by the works and plant more to increase the greener and green spaces being offered to the community.

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There are great local market and farmer markets, try east street market for buying all your fresh food

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A Sanctuary for the Mind and Body, Elephant Park is my Dream Home

Elephant Park encompasses all the main factors I looked for in a long term investment in central London. Firstly, the price was affordable for a high specification project set amidst a generous layout of green spaces with well planned amenities for everyone, young and old. The interior space, of my 3-room flat, in particular is very well designed and comes equipped with superior quality appliances and fittings, to ensure better reliability and durability. The communal areas too enjoy a high level of maintenance and upkeep, and with the upcoming opening of the Central Shopping Street, Elephant Park will undoubtedly become a residential landmark in Central London .. Hooray!

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The estate is large, so one need to assess the distance to the E&C Underground station and be comfortable with that..

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Keep the local community

Fingers crossed – we are just going through the process to apply for the help to buy at Elephant Park. I have grown up in the area but was feeling it would be impossible to buy here. The community is being affected by increasing property prices as more professionals move to the area who don’t care about their neighbours and the people living in their area. For me this is home and my parents and friends still live nearby. I think the government legislation making sure these new developments have to support locals looking to buy will ensure that Elephant Park don’t just become faceless blocks. Some buildings are completed but the main island has nothing built yet so some of the timelines on the website seem optimistic.

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