Park & Sayer is part of the fifth and final phase of the Elephant Park masterplan, a major central London regeneration by Lendlease. Comprising 424 apartments (including build to rent (BTR), affordable and private sale tenures); Park and Sayer will become a benchmark of residential-led design, which also incorporates the best innovations learned from the emerging masterplan.
Character and identity
Park and Sayer is designed to be a great place to live with high quality homes offering the best in contemporary lifestyle, surrounded by new integrated amenities to support a new community, with a real sense of place and authenticity. Set in the heart of Walworth, Park and Sayer comprises two distinct elements – nine storey mansion blocks, relating to the character and scale of nearby Victorian terraces, flanking a tall building, which is a distinct visual anchor for the site. The former, and the latter. Varying tones of brick are used for the mansion blocks, which will be laid in a patchwork patterning, reminiscent of corduroy, creating texture and interest. Special attention is also focused on bringing human scale and interest to the ground floor at street level through texture and materiality, to enhance the appearance of the new independent shops, cafes and restaurants at the building's base.
Optimising the consented scheme
Several decisive modifications were made to the consented tower to create value, yield efficiencies and to create a more cohesive and confident presence. The balconies were redesigned in a more elemental geometric form, creating a stronger definition between the screened vs open sides. Additionally, horizontally expressed spandrels and window recesses were added to balance, and anchor, the adjacent 'trident'- three vertical shafts of dark stone running the height of the building. A more subtle ‘mid-trident’ spandrel was introduced to link the balconies either side of the trident, reminiscent of a simple metal ‘ribbon’ woven across the building's facade to visually tie the balconies together. Finally, the castellated parapet was simplified to enhance and simplify the building's form and silhouette, and to further accentuate the reading of the trident.
Living in landscape
Park and Sayer is surrounded by Elephant Park - an expansive 101,000 sq m public park with mature trees. a play area and water feature to lend a sense of calm and tranquility to the space to relax and unwind. The rootop amenity and elevated level one terrace are both landscaped with plants and shrubs to help residents conenct to nature. The Elephant Park project as a whole, features 4.5 hectares of public space, and includes the planting of over 1,300 trees in the borough to position Elephant and Castle as a place which offers authentic urban parkside living.
AFK made a number of enhancements to the apartment design, in many cases re-planning the spatial arrangement and the cores to ensure better proportions and a more efficient plan to that which was consented. All of the apartments now exceed the guidelines in minimum space requirements, bulk storage, dual aspect, natural light, ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms, amenity space standards, Lifetime Homes, noise insulation.
An exemplary standard of living
All apartments are extremely well proportioned, featuring open plan, flexible living, dining and kitchen areas, which all interlink. Each main living space opens onto a private balcony or terrace, which is set back from the main living room window in the majority of homes, to maximise daylight levels to living area. All apartment layouts meet exemplary design standards set by Southwark Council’s Residential Design Standards SPD, and have been enhanced by AFK to exceed them.
Usable, high quality amenity
Park and Sayer includes a range of high quality amenity for use by all residents. This includes a number of flexible resident lounges, including a double-height lobby space on the ground floor and a rooftop lounge, enhanced cycle storage and facilities, working lounges, and a gym to level one which looks out across onto a terrace. The amenity drives footfall through the building, while also helping to build a sense of community and elevating the living experience at Park and Sayer.
Enhanced rooftop experience
The tower’s crown houses a residents' lounge with spectacular views over the city. The tower's rooftop was enhanced by AFK to create more usable space in this valuable location by rationalising the arrangement of plant and other essential but functional elements. The residents' rooftop lounge can be used for a range of different activities, from social gatherings to events other recreational activities.