dRMM wins 2016 London RIBA Award for Trafalgar Place - 05-05-2016


Trafalgar Place is the first phase to be delivered as part of Lendlease’s regeneration of Elephant and Castle. Comprising 235 tenure blind, high-quality homes, including 25% affordable housing, integrated within a vibrant landscape and mature trees, the project transforms the built environment whilst referencing the historic fabric of the neighbourhood.

Elephant and Castle suffered huge damage during the Second World War. Redevelopment in the 1960s resulted in vast structures such as the Shopping Centre, the Heygate Estate and the Northern Roundabout which gave priority to vehicles and created a disconnect between the buildings and landscape. The Elephant Park masterplan for the redevelopment of the Heygate Estate aims to enrich the qualities of the area, creating a thriving, desirable place to live, work and visit.

Trafalgar Place is infused with local context, having been developed through extensive public consultation with local residents. The massing and height of the Trafalgar Place buildings provide variety through scale with a mixture of mini-towers, apartment buildings and townhouses. Each apartment has been designed from the inside out to maximise natural daylight, ventilation and internal usable space.

The design has sought to reconnect the dislocated adjacent neighbourhoods that were previously fractured by the elevated walkways and monolithic architectural interventions of the Heygate Estate. The retention of 25 mature London Plane trees serve as a memory of the former estate and now define a number of distinctive character landscapes. New public spaces have been created, along with a landscaped courtyard at the heart of the scheme that serves as a community space for residents to cultivate and for neighbourliness to flourish.

Two of the Trafalgar Place buildings are constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and demonstrate our commitment to environmentally aware and responsible building. This is the first completed development for Lendlease in the UK using this form of construction.

As London densifies and seeks to cope with its chronic housing shortage and improve inner-city living, we believe that quality of life and an awareness of the effects of the built environment at a local and global level should be paramount. Trafalgar Place provides homes with a unique sense of identity – steeped in the surrounding context whilst addressing its impact on the environment around it.

We are delighted that the scheme has been recognised by the RIBA Awards. We would like to thank our clients, the extended project team, and all our collaborators for their commitment to the project.