In search of some engaging subject matter I walked around Elephant and Castle and the Heygate Estate today. Lend Lease is involved in a huge development and regeneration project which will see most, if not all, of Heygate demolished. This link, that takes you to Lend Lease’s website , offers an overview and outlines the scope of the development. While this link, that takes you to a substantial blog about Southwark regeneration, offers an opposing assessment of the works.
There are some strong feelings on both sides of the issue, and I do think that the estate and surrounding area needs significant updating where its buildings are concerned, but demolishing such a tremendous set of buildings can’t be the perfect solution. “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” -Jane Jacobs.
Have Lend Lease done their due diligence and designed a project that will offer diversity? Or is this a project fueled by commercial interest alone?