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HTA unveils proposals for former London Electricity Board HQ

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HTA Design has revealed designs to redevelop the former London Electricity Board headquarters in east London into housing and retail

Developer Telford Homes is seeking permission to demolish the buildings on Cambridge Heath Road, near Bethnal Green Tube station, to provide 189 new homes – 40 per cent of which will be affordable – and 1,676m² of commercial space.

The proposal from HTA Design, which was named AJ100 Employer of the Year in June, includes two new blocks, ranging from five to 15 storeys in height, with shops, cafés and bars occupying the ground and basement levels, and residential units the floors above.

The ground floor will connect the railway arches with Cambridge Heath Road.

Glazed balconies will provide views to Bethnal Green Gardens, with those on the 11th to 15th floors also enjoying views to Weavers Fields. Green roof terraces will face Bethnal Green Gardens.

Other planned amenities include new landscaped public open space, secure cycle parking with a space for each apartment, disabled parking and an on-site servicing bay. 

In July 2016, Tower Hamlets Council’s cabinet agreed to the disposal of the 0.4ha site, which had been vacant since 2006, on a 199-year lease. It deemed the land and buildings – a five-storey office block and two single-storey buildings used for community and conference facilities – to be surplus to requirements. 

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  • The headline could be clearer - the proposals are for the site, not the former London Electricity Board HQ itself.
    It's a new build project, not conversion of the existing buildings.

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