The Elephant MP1


Project Description

Client: Lendlease
Architect: Maccreanor Lavington

Following on from the successful project completion of One The Elephant, a 37 storey tower and Trafalgar Place a 235 home scheme of mixed tenure properties, Morrisroe was awarded the construction contract for The Elephant & Castle MP1 site. The contract, awarded by Lendlease was for the construction of seven concrete frame blocks and the ground works and floor slabs for 3 blocks of CLT Timber town houses.

The development is part of a £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle in south London that will account for a total of 2,500 new homes which are planned to be built over the next 15 years. MP1, the first phase of the Heygate Estate project ranges from a 16 storey tower to 3 storey town houses with all homes having either a private balcony, terrace or private garden.
The MP1 project commenced March of 2015 with a programme handover scheduled January 2016. The mixed development package accounted for 10 blocks, of which 7 were concrete frame construction. Two of the concrete blocks had waterproof 4m basement car parking. There are three blocks of three storey town houses constructed above the slab using CLT Timber by a Timber Contractor.

At and below ground level the project included bulk digs for the pile caps, the construction of the basement’s retaining walls, deep raft slabs and deep pile cap foundations, all internal drainage & services and completing all connections to MP1’s external services. A Doka Jump Form System is being used for the concrete frame construction.

Typical of many of the projects Morrisroe undertakes in highly populated and busy city centres, great care is taken to lower noise and minimise inconvenience to the residents surrounding the development. This is particularly relevant for this project as there had been previous buildings on the site requiring demolishing prior to any ground works taking place. There is an additional constraint due to the close proximity of a school to blocks H13 A&B which restricted truck movement for site deliveries to match school operational hours.