South Eco 17: Reinventing the Heygate

The design retains the cores of the existing residential blocks, while reshaping their overall structure to create an organic shape, maximising the profile of the roofs of the buildings, creating space for green roofs and productive landscapes.

The Heygate would be at the heart of the Southwark community.

The self-sustaining hub at the centre of the development would be an urban super farm.

Concept diagram.

Opportunities and constraints.

The development would be inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Cross section of the landscape structure.

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South Eco 17: Reinventing the Heygate

Don't demolish the Heygate, make it multifunctional

South Eco 17 explores the possibility of maintaining and adapting the existing Heygate Estate – currently faced with demolition as part of the Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme – in a way that responds to the local community’s needs and aspirations.

The proposal aims to develop the Estate so as to put sustainablity at the heart of the Southwark community. The development would contribute towards resilience to climate change, service infrastructure, increased biodiversity and a successful local economy.

Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the design of which was said to be reminiscent of a lush mountainous landscape, the concept for the project is to create an undulating green landscape which maximises the various levels of the existing built-form.

The key building would be a multi-functional urban super farm, with a variety of roof spaces to provide community benefits including employment, recreation and educational facilities within a self-sufficient hub.


Creating new parks


Elephant & Castle

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Kate Dowdall

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