Elephant and Castle shopping centre under demolition

Work has begun in pulling down Elephant and Castle shopping centre, a 55-year-old landmark mall in Southwark, to make way for a new £1bn town centre.

Keltbray, the civil engineering group, has reportedly started to install permanent hoarding and scaffolding, and a strip-out of the building from the inside.

A spokesman for the company said: “The approach has been carefully planned to ensure noise, disruption and dust is kept to a minimum.”

Demolition is due to continue until the summer of 2021. Construction of the new town centre is expected to start in 2021.

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