This is a project for a new Energy Hub – a combined heat and power plant (CHP) utilising natural gas and biomethane – that will generate and supply low-carbon, affordable heat and hot water to residents and businesses across Elephant Park (South London) and beyond. The project, led by the construction company Lendlease and the energy provider E.ON, will supply almost 3,000 new homes, as well as shops, offices, community and leisure spaces across Elephant Park, with the potential to deliver to at least a further 1,000 homes neighbouring the regeneration area.
The hub will create a new community heart for the Elephant and Castle district, incorporating a complementary mix of uses unique for a building of this kind, including: A nursery providing early-years education to families at Elephant Park and the surrounding community, as well as job and training opportunities for local people. A community cafe providing a meeting point for the local community, as well as a flexible community space managed by the cafe and designed to accommodate a range of community events. A pocket park next to the energy hub, with energy-themed play facilities for all local children to enjoy.
The Energy Hub is a key part of Lendlease’s ambition to deliver one of the most sustainable urban regeneration projects in the world. By utilising biomethane as its primary fuel source, the combined heat and power plant will reduce carbon emissions by at least 25 per cent compared to more traditional heating systems. The Energy Hub is part of a wider energy and low-carbon strategy being adopted by Lendlease at Elephant and Castle. Its forward-thinking approach has resulted in the regeneration project becoming one of only 17 projects globally to be accepted into the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Programme. This programme recognises Lendlease’s low-carbon approach, the high performance of the buildings across Elephant Park, as well as the provision of the centralised energy centre and heat network.
The Energy Hub is an important component of the overall master plan. It will provide both heat and power to the new development and to additional adjacent developments over time. It will also play a community educational role with important social facilities for new and existing residents within the wider area.
This entwined programme will be a unique offering within London, demanding a building of the upmost quality in terms of design, detail, material and environmental considerations.