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Stockwool's East End towers set for thumbs-up

Whitechapel towers
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Plans by Stockwool for a 25-storey tower development in Whitechapel have been recommended for approval

The £94 million scheme in Raven Row will provide 564 flats in twin towers of 25 and 18 storeys, a separate eight-storey building and attached low-rise buildings. 

The plans also include 3,345m² of commercial space, which will include offices, shops, restaurants and a gym, plus 70 car parking spaces.

About 30 per cent of the flats will be classed as ‘affordable’, comprising 51 affordable rented units, 43 social rented units and 55 intermediate units.

The proposals also include the demolition of a former Safestore, a laser tag-gaming venue and Play On Sports, a temporary multi-sports facility.

Roger Rebelo, general manager at Play On Sports, said it was likely that the sports centre would be closed following the demolition because attempts to locate to another venue in Tower Hamlets had been unsuccessful.

He said: ‘We’ve made a big mark here. We’ve become a community within itself. We give people a chance to play sports, have a place that they call home. The community would be sad [if it closed].’

Last month, Sheppard Robson unveiled plans for a 24-storey tower in nearby Cavell Street, Whitechapel.

Project data

Location Whitechapel, London E1
Type of project Mixed use: 564 apartments, 3,345m² commercial space
Client London & Quadrant Housing Group
Architect Stockwool
Interior design Stockwool
Landscape architect Townshend Landscape Architects
Planning consultant DP9
Structural engineer MLM
M&E consultant MLM
Completion date First completions expected 2018
Site size 1.4ha, 30 per cent of which will be dedicated to new public realm
Form of contract Design and Build
Total cost £94 million

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