"Archaeological discoveries have delayed the demolition of the current leisure centre at the Elephant and Castle ahead of a new £20m state-of-the-art facility.
As part of the council’s £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant and Castle, the current leisure centre will be demolished and a brand new, £20m state-of-the-art leisure centre will be built in its place, including a swimming pool
…the ground it was built on was originally home to a church and graveyard. The council expected that part of its archaeological work would unearth remains from the burial site, which dates back to medieval times.
However, after initial excavations, it was discovered that the extent of the findings is greater than what was anticipated.
…The extra archaeology works will delay the beginning of construction of the leisure centre by approximately three months from November 2012 to February 2013."
Full article: Southwark Council