One the Elephant is part of the Elephant Park regeneration project. It comprises a 37-storey residential tower connected by a single-storey raised courtyard into a four-storey pavilion building. The ground floor of the pavilion building is allocated predominantly to retail units and commercial office space, but also includes back-of-house facilities.

The ground floor of the tower houses the residential lobby entrance, a communal space, a bike store, and back-of-house facilities. A single level basement sits beneath (and in places beyond) the building foot print, and accommodates 45 car parking spaces and MEP plant areas.

Project Value:     
£65 million
Year Completed:
Building Metrics:
285 apartments
NIA: 23,500 m²
Levels: 37 storeys
ground floor retail + single level basement
Lend Lease

Primary Contractor:
Lend Lease
Squire & Partners
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Temporary Works Engineering

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

Key technical innovation

The tower is a reinforced concrete framed structure with a single reinforced concrete stability core and flat plate concrete slabs supported on blade columns. The typical floor plate (L2 – L28) contains eight residential apartments with a total gross floor area circa 630m2 per storey. Every apartment includes a cantilevered balcony. Transfer structures at Levels 29, 35 and 36 enable larger apartment and penthouse suites above Level 29.

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