Southwark Council selects four architects to design social housing at Elephant and Castle

Southwark Council has appointed the final four architects to design new social housing as part of Elephant and Castle's 10 year redevelopment scheme.

The winners include architecture practices: Metaphorm Architecture and Design for Library Street; the AOC for Stead street sites two and four; Haworth Tompkins for site one; and architect Panter Hudspith for site three.

Richard Thomas, the council's executive member for regeneration, said: "Southwark takes great pride in delivering world-class urban design that works for local people, whether for new buildings or public spaces. We've put a huge amount of time and effort into this programme and the results so far fully justify our commitment."

The council separated the housing association and architectural procurement processes in a drive to ensure striking urban design and architecture through the redevelopment scheme.

A panel of 16 small to medium sized architectural practices were shortlisted to form a competition panel, and three architects pitched designs for each of the 16 sites to a panel of council officers, Heygate residents and the council's housing association partners, Family Mosaic, Affinity Sutton, London and Quadrant, Guinness Trust and Wandle.

The council is hoping for planning approval in 2007.