Below, you can find out all about the local context of this borough's architecture, areas undergoing change and projects under construction.
Much of the council’s housing lies within the most deprived areas in the country. As a result Tower Hamlets Council are funding regeneration initiatives to develop and improve housing. Current projects include the Crossways Estate and the Ocean Estate in Stepney. At the Crossways Estate the council are looking at long-term solutions to fix the problem of some 360 poorly designed and maintained homes. This project through regeneration also hopes to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour and problems within the local environment. The Ocean Estate is a rather larger project one that will encompass a £200 million transformation to take part over the next eight years.
Tower Hamlets has a wide variety of parks and green spaces. The council aims to maintain these parks and use them to maximise green living and sustainability within the borough. This year alone the council is spending almost £2miillion on park improvements. With help from the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund a future scheme is a £12 million improvement project for one of London’s most historic parks; Victoria Park. A masterplan is currently being negotiated and residents can still give their views. The eastern section of the park will include a new and improved wheelpark for skateborders and bmx bikers.
As part of east London Tower Hamlets will be amongst the boroughs that most reaps the benefits bought by the 2012 Olympic Games. High Street 2012 is an ambitious project that aims to reconnect places and communities and celebrate one of London’s great high streets. Tower Hamlets will contribute by delivering improvements on the A11/A12 as part of High Street 2012, investing around £8million secured from external partners. The vision for this part of the project is for there to be a balance between pedestrian and road uses, where people and places are connected and there is a sense of community and history. The latter part of this vision will be achieved by a scheme where four clusters of 60 historic buildings will be restored to reveal traditional fronts and facades. Work has already begun in Aldgate and is soon to begin at Mile End Terrace. Works at Whitechapel Market and Bow are due to begin next year.
(Image: Mint Street, Pitman Tozer Architects 2014)