Elephant Park

A 28-acre space at Elephant & Castle is being renovated into a mixture of residential and commercial facilities.

Contract start date:

October 2015

Contract completion date:

October 2024

Elephant Park is a mixed-use development that will create around 3,000 new homes and a new major central London Park.

The 9-year project is currently ongoing, with 24 projects either complete, underway or in the pipeline. Clipfine Security was appointed as the security solution provider for the Elephant & Castle regeneration worth an estimated £4 billion.

We created a security solution consisting of over 20 security professionals, covering a 24-hour period of both day and night shifts.

The Heygate Estate was once a popular place to live, but the estate later developed a reputation for crime, poverty and dilapidation. Most of the 3,000 strong residential population moved out through the compulsory purchase of homes and rehousing of residents.

This made the development unpopular, raising the risk to the project and increasing security requirements that we identified in an in-depth review and risk assessment.

In addition to protecting assets, we had to convince local residents of the project’s benefits, enlightening them to the opportunities that this development would create to support the security team in deterring any protests, vandalism, theft and crime.

Alongside our security team – consisting of strategically placed security guards and traffic marshals – Clipfine established technological and physical protection:

  • Site hoarding lines
  • Access control
  • CCTV
  • Site illumination
  • Intruder detection system

Our security personnel’s skilled operations and our advanced electronic detection systems achieved a controlled and physically secured perimeter, proving invaluable to ensure an effective security base.

We developed a wide detection and viewing system, covering the perimeter and all key internal areas through a sophisticated combination of fixed colour cameras and pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) cameras.

This technology automatically identifies a suspected intruder with zooming and tracking features.

These were combined with a number of highly sensitive thermal imaging cameras. Clipfine was able to surpass unforeseen circumstances in the Covid-19 pandemic.  

This equipment is permanently monitored both on and off site, enabling Clipfine to keep its security officers fully informed of any incident, the moment it arises.

This live feed supported the project’s daily running with incident reporting functions designed to corroborate possible accident events.

We have adapted to the varying stages of the projects from construction to commercial sites.

We deploy concierge officers to completed plots, event security for community engagement days, dog handlers and CCTV officers when required.

Our extensive search and screening policy is implemented on site with the use of bag searches & sniffer dogs to achieve thorough protection and peace of mind.

In 2016, Lend Lease opened the Construction Skills Centre at Elephant Park.

The centre is committed to training 1,000 local residents every year. Clipfine serves as a conduit to providing these opportunities. Our combined efforts have already helped 927 local people find work on the Elephant Park construction site, 416 of whom were previously unemployed.