Elephant and Castle - Local History
Draper Together is not only based in a significant geographical place with a valuable heritage - the Draper Estate but also represents a thriving, diverse community at the heart of Elephant and Castle which is an inner-city area of London undergoing Europe’s largest regeneration and building development programme, estimated at £1.3 billion.
The Draper Estate has an interesting heritage as one of the last surviving, post-war, 1960’s Brutalist housing schemes, within an area undergoing a new £1.3 billion regeneration called ‘Elephant Park’.
Although Draper Together is a new charity our work was born from addressing the needs of the people of the Draper Estate and the surrounding neighbourhood and we have benefitted from the powerful legacy of the Draper Residents Association (DRA) – a voluntary committee who came together in 2013, during a disruptive period of building works and anti-social behaviour.
The Draper housing Estate is in Elephant and Castle, an area very much defined by post Second World War re-development where Victorian slums were destroyed during the Blitz and governments were compelled to replace them with modern and desperately needed, affordable public housing.