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Sheppard Robson’s contentious Chrisp Street market overhaul set for approval

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Sheppard Robson’s controversial £280 million redevelopment of a famous east London market look set to be approved this week

Tower Hamlets councillors will vote tomorrow evening (Tuesday 24 July) on plans to regenerate Chrisp Street Market in Poplar and build 650 homes on the site.

The scheme, a joint venture between Poplar Harca housing association and Telford Homes, was submitted for planning last July but deferred in February after protests from local traders, who feared the redevelopment would price them out of the area.

The development team was told to provide further information on the number of affordable homes provided and to undertake a fresh round of consultation.

Designed by Frederick Gibberd, the original market was constructed as part of the Festival of Britain Exhibition of Architecture in 1951 and is hailed as one of the first purpose-built pedestrian shopping spaces in the UK.

The regeneration plans include 19 new buildings, ranging from three to 25 storeys, comprising about 650 homes, an extension to the library and a canopy over the market.

According to a council report, the applicant’s viability report showed the scheme could not support more than its original offer of 124 homes replacement homes plus seven additional council homes. 

However, it goes on to state that grant funding from the GLA has led the applicant to take a ‘commercial decision’ to increase the proposed amount of affordable housing to a ‘net gain’ of 76 affordable homes.

According to the council report, changes to the planning committee following the local elections in May means the ’committee needs to fully consider afresh all aspects of the application scheme’.

existing chrisp street market

existing chrisp street market

Existing Chrisp Street Market

Project data

Location Tower Hamlets, London
Type of project Masterplanning, residential, retail, culture, leisure
Client Telford Homes and Poplar Harca
Architect Sheppard Robson
Landscape architect Cameo & Partners
Planning consultant Savills
Heritage and Townscape Consultant JLL Heritage
Structural engineer WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff
M&E consultant Cundall
Quantity surveyor Telford Homes and Poplar Harca
CDM principal designer ORSA
Lighting consultant Light Follows Behaviour
Main contractor Telford Homes and Poplar Harca
Appointment Invited competition
Gross internal floor area Residential: 65,100m²; community/retail/leisure: 18,200m²

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