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Revealed: plans by Adjaye and PLP for Whitechapel estate

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David Adjaye and PLP Architecture have drawn up proposals for a 300-home estate redevelopment in east London featuring two new towers and 10 low-rise blocks

The proposals, uncovered by the AJ, were lodged with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets late last year, however a planning committee date has yet to be set. If approved, the scheme will be built a stone’s throw from Adjaye Associates’ much-publicised Idea Store in Whitechapel Road.  

Backed by developer Londonewcastle, the plans include the demolition of the existing Whitechapel Estate to the south of the Royal London Hospital, and the creation of 12 new buildings of up to 24 storeys.

PLP has designed seven of the proposed blocks, including its two towers. Adjaye Associates is responsible for five lower-rise elements. The proposals also feature landscaping by Tom Stuart-Smith, including a ‘green spine’ park linking Whitechapel and Commercial Road.

PLP said the completion of the new Royal London Hopsital had ‘altered the local skyline’ with its height and bulk and ‘created the opportunity to introduce taller buildings in the area’.

It said the Whitechapel Estate’s taller elements would allow for appropriate levels of housing density, while retaining open space.

Public consultation on the proposals has now closed, but Tower Hamlets has yet to publicly reveal when the proposals will go to its strategic development committee for determination.

Planning consultants working for the developer have already responded in detail to consultation responses generated by the proposals. One objection to the development came from Queen Mary University of London, which has concerns over the impact of one of the scheme elements on its own nearby Wingate Building.

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