Historic Buildings Conservation
London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Greater London Authority and English Heritage
As part of the ambitious High Street 2012 conservation programme, Regenfirst carried out consultation as part of the project team, led by Julian Harrap Architects with D. R. Nolans, Quantity Surveyors, to deliver the Historic Buildings Conservation Scheme for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Greater London Authority and English Heritage. The £10 million, three year regeneration initiative provided funding for a grants programme to repair and restore some of the many fine buildings that line the Whitechapel/Mile End Road in East London. Aimed at celebrating the street’s heritage, strengthening the character of the place, helping to change perceptions of this area of London and stimulating investment, this project was also part of the London Olympic Legacy programme. The majority of the buildings were partly or wholly in retail or commercial use, most of them housing locally-based SMEs. The work undertaken raised the quality of the environment and brought direct economic benefits by supporting improvements to local business premises. Four clusters of 60 historic buildings were restored with traditional shop fronts and period facades preserving the area’s legacy for many years to come.
This project has now won a Royal Institute of British Architects award for Excellence and is set to become a benchmark for other High Street regeneration projects.