Construction firm J Murphy & Sons has won a major multi-million public realm contract working on Lendlease’s 9.7 hectare Elephant Park scheme.
The scheme, situated in Elephant & Castle, is said to be one of the largest regeneration projects of its kind in London, and it is set to provide 2,500 new homes, 50 new shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a brand new park in the centre of the scheme.
Murphy’s work on this scheme has been designed to focus heavily on the external environment, creating a largely traffic-free environment, communal open spaces, playgrounds, courtyards and a new high street.
“We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract by Lendlease to work on public realm for Elephant Park, using the skills of our highly specialised highways, public realm and security team,” said Darren Ramsay, managing director for Murphy (south). “We welcome the sustainable and environmentally-conscious choices Lendlease has made throughout the planning of this development. Our works will be within the BRE SMARTWaste programme, championing re-use and recycling.”
Lendlease, in collaboration with Southwark Council, is working to maximise biodiversity on this site, which includes planting hundreds of new trees both in and around Elephant Park, the creation of rain gardens, green walls and green roofs and rooftop gardens.
Murphy’s specialist stone masons have begun work in Elephant Park, working with a variety of high quality natural stone paving. The works will help promote walking and cycling across the area, with built-out stopping points to admire the greenery, linking areas seamlessly through clearly demarcated and easy to navigate routes, to create courtyards and gentle pathways.
Other work by Murphy includes laying roads and installing outdoor seating, bicycle parking areas, new lighting and street furniture.
This work is due for completion in early 2019.