Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and Market


The 1960’s shopping mall was a sadly run-down eyesore when USM was asked in 1991 to give it the kiss of life. Immediately the “drab slab” was painted pink, and its entrances and underpasses dramatically improved.

In the first year 100% occupancy was achieved for the first time. Imaginative community-based promotion became a regular feature, and the centre once more became the busy local shopping centre it still is. Most significantly, the moat area below the road level was transformed as a thriving street market, which USM currently manages with 70 stalls trading successfully in a wide range of goods including a specialist Sunday food market.

Key Facts

Project dates 1991 - present
Uses Market, leisure, office, retail, food
Area 225,000sq.ft
Jobs created 400
Highlights Major launch of CCTV system, Firework Displays, Apple Day, Tea Dances
Partnerships UK Land, Lend Lease, London Borough of Southwark, St Modwen Properties PLC

Our first project was to famously paint it pink

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