Sayer Street Meanwhile Use Competition, London


Invited competition with Lend Lease for a “meanwhile use” project of an inhabited lining wall along one side of Sayer Street, at the centre of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment. The 120m long street edge connects the main park to Heygate Road, and on one side is lined by a recently-completed building with retail and cafes at ground floor.


Opposite this, the hoarding line of the final plot to be developed is an opportunity to provide space for 5-7 years for outdoor seating, small shop units at both ends, and a community-use space at the centre. An upper level deck is accessed directly from the park, providing additional seating areas and an exciting raised journey with views of the builidng site behind.

Lush climbing planting and a variety of vegetable planters provide an interesting range of greenery for the upper level, and larger trees define the two main ground-level seating areas. The steel structure is clad in colour-stained vertical larch timbers left over from previous masterplan works, which allow the curved ends to be formed smoothly. The prefabricated enclosed room spaces are modules that can easily be reused post-completion on the site or elsewhere.


The colours pick up on flowers and plants proposed for the overall landscape strategy.

Project Source

Invited Competition - Lend Lease