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Safety fears halt Levitt Bernstein's Aberfeldy scheme

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Levitt Bernstein’s large scale proposals for the redevelopment of the Aberfeldy estate in east London have been stopped due to safety fears over a trio of gasometers next to the site

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has secured an order from the Secretary of State to halt the housing scheme, based on a macroplan drawn up by CaseyFierro, being rubberstamped by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. Tower Hamlets and the GLA have already issued their recommendations to approve the development.

Neal Hunt, director of development of project backer PoplarHARCA, said: ‘All three planning authorities have considered the risk mitigation steps that have been taken by the applicants and believe that the overall regeneration benefits outweigh the risks.’

There are currently two Aberfeldy applications in the planning process - an outline application for the whole scheme and a detailed application for phase one at the eastern end of the site.

The HSE issued an Article 25 restriction notice.

Project Background: Emerging practice CaseyFierro spent three years drawing up the ‘Reshaping Poplar’ macroplan, which has now been adopted by Tower Hamlets as its central housing policy.

Maccreanor Lavington and Caseyfierro Architects unveil Aberfeldy masterplan

Maccreanor Lavington and Caseyfierro Architects unveil Aberfeldy masterplan

The practice subsequently worked on 20 smaller implementation plans and linked up with Maccreanor Lavington - to meet OJEU conditions - on the 1,200 home Aberfeldy Estate scheme. PoplarHARCA then launched a competition to find a developer partner with the two firms represented on the client’s judging committee.
A team led by Willmot Dixon with architects Karakusevic Carson and Levitt Bernstein won that contest in autumn 2010. CaseyFierro and Maccreanor Lavington later stepped down. Karakusevic Carson has also not worked on the project for 18 months. Design Council CABE reviewed the first detailed phase of the Levitt Bernstein plans in January this year.

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