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Revealed: latest images of Aedas' Robin Hood Gardens replacement

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These new images have been released by Aedas of its proposed £500 million replacement for Robin Hood Gardens

Initial proposals for the contentious project - officially dubbed Blackwall Reach - have recently been out to consultation with residents within the 1970s Alison and Peter Smithson-designed housing estate in Poplar, east London.

It is understood Aedas is currently leading the development team for project backers Swan & Countryside Properties.

Glenn Howells and Jestico + Whiles, both of whom are on Swan’s architectural framework and were initial named as part of the winning consortium bid (see below), have yet to play a major role in the development plans .

Despite a vigorous Twentieth Century Society-led campaign to save the estate, culture secretary Andy Burnham granted the buildings a five-year ‘immunity from listing’ lst year paving the way for the estate’s demolition and regeneration.

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Aedas team set to design Robin Hood Gardens replacement

Aedas, Glenn Howells and Jestico + Whiles have been chosen to design the £500 million replacement for Robin Hood Gardens

Tower Hamlets Council this week voted in favour of the design team’s proposals which are part of a bid by Swan & Countryside Properties to redevelop the 1970s Alison and Peter Smithson-designed housing estate in Poplar, east London.

A competing bid by L&Q and Telford Homes, which employed HTA and Squire and Partners was dismissed, despite claims it was the residents’ favourite.

In December the Resident’s Procurement Panel voted unanimously in support of HTA and Squire and Partners’ designs, according to a panel spokesperson.

With a planning application expected to be submitted within months, the Homes and Communities Agency is set to ratify the council’s decision in the next few weeks.

Lutfur Rahman, Tower Hamlets mayor, said: ‘I believe we have selected a partner who will work with the community to create the homes and facilities that residents desperately need.

‘Alleviating overcrowding and improving housing conditions is one of my priorities. To make sure that we maximise the number of social rented homes, and get the best deal for local people, I asked our potential partners to maximise the number of social rented homes. This is one of the reasons why it has taken a little longer to complete the selection of a preferred partner.’

Despite a vigorous Twentieth Century Society-led campaign to save the estate, the culture secretary Andy Burnham last year agreed to grant the building a five-year ‘immunity from listing’.

Dubbed the Blackwall Reach regeneration project, the council plans to build 1,621 homes on the site which is directly opposite its town hall.

Last month Sarah Wigglesworth Architects revealed an alternative proposal for the refurbishment of the existing estate.

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