London Whitechapel Estate rebuild approved

The estate regeneration scheme located just south of the Royal London Hospital has been designed by architects PLP and Adjaye Associates.

It will see all existing buildings demolished and replaced with a dozen new buildings ranging from 2-23 storeys over a five-year programme.

Existing estate

Existing buildings will be torn down in a four-phase demolition plan

Rebuild plan

Aerial view of new blocks planned for Whitechapel Estate in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The new residential mixed-use neighbourhood will deliver 529 new homes over the course of several phases, totalling around 550,000 sq ft of constructed space around new green spine space.

The homes split includes 311 private homes, 59 affordable rent flats and 159 specialist units.

Whitechapel Estate

Block I will be the tallest of the towers at 23 storeys

Planning consent was originally granted in early 2018 but a start to the project was delayed by covid and led to revised plans being submitted that increased its efficiency and enhance deliverability.

This includes a change to the energy strategy from combined heat and power to an air source heat pump backed by high efficiency natural gas boilers and relocation of the Energy Centre.

Contractors Ardmore and JRL are understood to have been in talks to deliver the project, where enabling works are expected to start this summer.

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