Tower Hamlets shines at exhibition highlighting a renaissance in London public housing

NLA housing grid

Eight Tower Hamlets public housing schemes have been recognised as being among the highest quality in London.

The projects are featured in ‘Public Housing: a London renaissance’ - an exhibition organised by New London Architecture. It was launched last week and will be open to the public until July 18 2019.

Mayor John Biggs said: “With our commitment to deliver 2,000 new council homes by 2022, we have recognised the importance of providing quality public housing.

“We’re seeing developments that put residents first and compete in the design and public realm stakes with any private sector scheme. I’m delighted that eight of the projects highlighted for their excellence by the NLA are being built right here in Tower Hamlets.”

The schemes selected for inclusion in the exhibition and the accompanying book include:

- Watts Grove
- Baroness, Jubilee Street and Locksley A (Recognised as one entry)
- Lowder House
- Shetland Road
- Hanbury and Sidney Street (Recognised as one entry)

The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate examples of quality design and to profile projects that have shown innovation in delivery and community engagement.

It shows how at a time when the housing crisis is impacting Londoners at unprecedented levels, boroughs including Tower Hamlets are working to deliver high-quality, affordable homes on estates, smaller ‘infill’ sites and large-scale regeneration areas.

The exhibition is being held at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT. It is free to enter and open from 9.30am to 6pm on weekdays, from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

In addition, there is a programme of supporting events for NLA members including a study tour of the £500 million regeneration of Blackwall Reach in Poplar.

Councillor Sirajul Islam, Deputy Mayor of Housing, said: “It is vital that we keep pace with unprecedented demand for public housing by identifying opportunities to deliver more homes of the type that are needed locally.

“However we must not allow the need to build quickly to detract from the importance of delivering homes that are high quality, both in terms of design and community involvement.

“I’m pleased that here in Tower Hamlets, we’re seeing schemes coming forward that are being recognised for their excellence by organisations such as the NLA.”

The book that accompanies the exhibition is available to download for free from the NLA website.

Information about the exhibition, including opening times and location details, is also available online.

Posted on Thursday 30th May 2019