Elephant Park, Elephant and Castle
An exciting and interactive public space has been added to the Elephant and Castle area. This space consists of a multi-layered environment which blends water and hard landscaping in a way which encourages safe but adventurous play.
Our Artist in Residence Mel Chantrey was particularly involved in this project. Known as Elephant Springs, the Park encourages safe but adventurous play, attracting children to explore the rocks, pathways, and play equipment. There are two slides as well as a water pump, which add to the interactive feel of the Park. Mel also worked on a number of our other interactive water features, including Tumbling Bay at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the water feature at Folkestone Harbour Square.
Elephant Park was awarded the New London Award for Placemaking in 2021.
See Gillespies’s website for more pictures of Elephant Park in action.
- Location: Elephant and Castle, London, UK
- Client: Lendlease
- Services: Design, build, maintain
- Features: Jets, cascades, water pump
- Partners: Gillespies, Buro Happold, Spiers and Major
“Elephant Springs rises seamlessly from the landscape; a rocky, water-world of fountains, waterfalls and beaches… Elephant Springs is somewhere for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”
– New London Awards 2021