I’ve been wanting to blog about the Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle for a while now but never got round to it until now.
I went down with another photographer Gary, who I met on that day, to see the derelict estate in South London.
BBC described it in March 2009 as having ”a reputation as one of the capital’s worst sink estates, riddled by crime, poverty and dilapidated housing”
There were plans to regenerate the area… 700 residents were asked to be moved as they would be rehoused for development to start.
However, the plan is now on the sidelines and all the residents have been rehoused around the Southward area. I saw a few tenants remain but otherwise its completely abandoned.
Artists, film makers and photographers like myself are attracted to Heygate to capture its empty, hollow and eerie areas, and here’s what I found.
A map showing the area of Heygate:
Demonstrations against the demolition
Graffiti and tagging
There’s something quite beautiful about the repetition of the patterns in the homes
I’m still curious to know what these tires are about
– Heygate Estate