City Crits: Elephant and Castle led by Sarah Wigglesworth

Architect Sarah Wigglesworth explores recent regeneration projects in Southwark and presents an alternative manifesto for affordable housing in twenty-first century London

London City Crits is a new series of walking tours exploring the past, present and future of the many areas undergoing massive transformation within the capital. Our first event explores Elephant and Castle and will be led by Sarah Wigglesworth, University of Sheffield professor and founder of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (SWA).

The tour will explore the radical transformation of Elephant and Castle during the post war era – when new road layouts, shopping centres and housing estates reshaped the busy area – and visit the landmark Siobhan Davies Studios completed by SWA eleven years ago.

From this unique viewpoint Wigglesworth will talk us through the wave of regeneration which has swept over Southwark over the past decade since the project’s completion  – evaluating where things went right and wrong, and how our approach to inner city renewal could be improved for the future.

Key recent projects along the route will include Highpoint tower by RSHP, Strata by BFLS, John McAslan and Partners’ Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre, Trafalgar Place by dRMM, Elephant Park by Make and Maccreanor Lavington, Brandon Street Affordable Housing by Metaphorm Architects and Stead Street by Panter Hudspith Architects.

The walk will conclude at Bermondsey Square where SWA completed a landmark bicycle store in 2008 and the tour will discuss a new manifesto for affordable housing in London.

When do you want to go on a tour?

Pick from the upcoming dates

Duration: 2 hours

Start: Faraday Memorial, Elephant and Castle

End: Bermondsey Square

All routes are wheelchair accessible, but please do let us know in advance if you have any special requirements and we’ll make sure we plan accordingly.

Children are welcome to join free of charge.