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Foster + Partners submits plans for Whitechapel office block

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Foster + Partners has submitted proposals for a stepped 20-storey office block on a corner site in Whitechapel, east London

The 49,000m² scheme involves a land swap with a neighbouring primary school and retention of a four-storey Edwardian building on the corner of Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Street.

The project, for South Street Asset Management, includes shops on the ground and lower-ground floors and offices above. 

There are also plans to relocate Canon Barnett primary school’s playground to a more ‘appropriate location’ at the centre of the site, which South Street said would help to address air quality and noise issues.

South Street head of investment Adnan Shaikh said: ‘We are delighted to have submitted plans for this stunning, landmark building for Aldgate. Our desire is to create an innovative, best-in-class commercial building within the Tech Belt.

‘Our scheme combines both the growing demand for modern, high tech office space along with an exciting public realm that meets the needs of local residents and businesses for activated retail in the form of a double-height “urban room” to provide the latest food and beverage offerings.’

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Fosters’ head of studio Grant Brooker said: ‘This project continues Aldgate’s incredible growth story and offers an unparalleled opportunity to make a really positive contribution to the neighbourhood and to Tower Hamlets.

‘The majority of the site is currently occupied by a car park. Our designs seek to reinvigorate it with vibrant retail and flexible workspaces, while creating new, healthier play spaces for the adjoining school.’

The planning application is expected to be decided by Tower Hamlets in early 2019.

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  • The one saving grace for this 'stunning landmark building' (a pretty unremarkable lump, by the look of it, despite the Foster tag) might be the retention of the more human detail of the facade of the Edwardian building on the street corner.
    But the way in which this is achieved might just wind up looking more than a little ridiculous - and setting what could be an unfortunate precedent for more of the same.

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