Project Overview

Artworks Elephant was an interim-use project, commissioned by Southwark Council and operated by Lendlease and Stow Projects. It offered affordable incubator space for the Elephant and Castle community, and also provided a colourful ‘festival’-type public space for shops, cafes and a bar.

Envoy Partnership were commissioned to undertake the study as the developer and delivery partners wanted to evidence the social value and transformational effect of an inclusive meanwhile space for SME incubation and socialising within a broader development programme. For such a high-profile development, it was important for Lendlease to demonstrate the value of  projects like Artworks Elephant to the local community.

The results are being used to inform other meanwhile and interim space projects and governance structures for future regeneration and development programmes.

Measurement Approach 

A combination of Social Return on Investment and Total Economic Impact (GVA) analysis. Environmental outcomes were recorded outside of the research.

Measured Outcomes   



Transparency: An internal report of the findings with full measurement methodology has been produced for project partners. A summary of the findings is due to be published on the Elephant Park website.

Assurance: The work and research was overseen by an accredited Social Value UK practitioner.

Future considerations: More qualitative data from site visitors.

Jobs & Economic Growth Health, Wellbeing & the Environment Strength of Community
SME growth Visitor wellbeing Inclusivity
Job creation / new income Local pride
Supply chain Safety
Diversity of visitors

For More Information:

Please contact Andy Warby, Partner at Envoy Partnership.

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