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Local focus in search for Elephant Park tenants

Property group Lendlease will seek to attract independent businesses to take units in the second phase of its Elephant Park development.

There are sixteen units, offering a total of 3,437 sq m (37,000 sq ft) of space, in the second phase of the scheme. The units are earmarked for food and beverage, retail, and leisure operators. Lendlease says they have been designed to serve local residents, while also attracting visitors to a new food destination.

The units are clustered in two distinct areas. Ash Avenue will house a set of large format cafes and restaurants which will face south onto a new park. Each will offer integrated green space for indoor/outdoor dining on a key pedestrian thoroughfare.

New Kent Road and Chatteris Quarter will house a mixed retail offer, with a health, fitness and wellbeing focus. There will also be collaborative workspaces and creative studios.

Lendlease Retail is working with development partner Southwark Borough Council to host an open day to show local companies how they might take units, and companies will also be approached directly by Lendlease.

“Elephant Park will be a thriving community in central London; a place where people want to live, build futures, work and visit; and one that has a sustainable long-term future because it reflects, and adds, to the Elephant and Castle community and Southwark more widely.  The retail, F&B and leisure offer of Phase Two will play a key role in fulfilling this by delivering a balanced mix of independent operators from the local area and brands with a wider footprint in London,” says Lendlease head of retail Guy Thomas.

“Working closely with Southwark Borough Council, we are ensuring the space is affordable, and therefore accessible, to local businesses, whilst also engaging with established operators from outside Southwark that fit with Elephant Park.”

The Elephant Park masterplan was developed by MAKE Architects, with agencies including MaccreanorLavingtonPanter HudspithAHMMDRMM, and Squire & Partners working on various elements of the scheme.

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