The story of the Heygate Estate is a prime example for the failure of the 'tower block' housing concept in the United Kingdom. Tower blocks were originally meant to be a solution to the issue of 'decent' housing. However at present we can observe the ultimate waste of these utopian castle-in-the-air housing projects which have been scrapped and abandoned like Heygate Estate itself. The empty tower block now stands as a symbol of a paradigm failure in UK social policy. The almost entirely abandoned Heygate with its doors and windows plated with metal apparently has raised more questions that it had managed to answer. The Heygate Estate is a large housing estate in the London Borough of Southwark, located south of the Elephant and Castle. The estate was completed in 1974. It was once a popular place to live, the flats being thought spacious, but now has a reputation for crime, poverty and dilapidation. In an attempt to address the problems surrounding the Estate, the Southwark Council has recently launched the Elephant and Castle programme which intends to transform the neighbourhood entirely. The 1.5 billion pounds, 55-acre programme includes the creation of a new pedestrianized town centre, market square, green spaces and thousands of new homes and jobs for local people. As part of the project the Heygate Estate is to be demolished and tenants are being relocated to new social housing in and around Elephant and Castle. The rehousing of Heygate residents began in 2008. The estate is now 99% empty, with residents rehoused around the borough in new homes of their choice.