Energy Hub, London
Lendlease and E.ON will deliver a combined heat and power plant to generate and supply low carbon heat and hot water to 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.
Designed by Duggan Morris Architects and Gillespie’s Landscape Architects, this latest phase of Elephant Park will also deliver a new community heart for Elephant & Castle, incorporating a complementary mix of uses, unique for a building of this kind. These include:
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 café that will provide a meeting point for the local community, as well as a flexible community space, managed by the café, 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 building envelope evolved out of an extensive design development process, drawing together many project ambitions. Conceptually, the scheme proposes a lightweight, semi-translucent outer ‘jacket’ dressed over a robust, solid core housing the various functions. This outer material has been designed to mediate the various demands for ventilation grilles, access doors and so forth, whilst unifying the overall form into a coherent sculptural whole.