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Orchard Gardens, Elephant Park

Panter Hudspith development, part of the regeneration of Elephant & Castle, comprises housing, retail and cultural spaces

Orchard Gardens.
Orchard Gardens. Credit: Panter-Hudspith-Architects

Panter Hudspith Architects for Lendlease
Contract value: £80m
GIA: 23700m2
Cost per m2: £3,376

Comprising 228 homes and 2,500m2 of retail and cultural spaces, Orchard Gardens is an entire city block and a major component of the regeneration of Elephant & Castle.

Designed to be viewed as a cluster of buildings, it wraps around a sunny communal garden, with sophisticated and playfully contrasting scales and heights ranging from five to 19 storeys. The vibrant composition of these elevations enhances the quality of place-making around the site, creating an approachable neighbourhood, resonant of historic groups of buildings that have developed over time, without appearing contrived.

Despite the development’s scale, the façade treatment provides character and variety to the clusters of homes, mirroring the rhythm of nearby Georgian and Victorian terraces.

Judges felt that this was an exceptional exemplar of a dense, residential-led, mixed-use scheme.

  • Orchard Gardens.
    Orchard Gardens. Credit: Enrique Verdugo
  • Orchard Gardens.
    Orchard Gardens. Credit: Enrique Verdugo
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    Orchard Gardens. Credit: Timothy Soar
  • Orchard Gardens.
    Orchard Gardens. Credit: Timothy Soar
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