Harrap completes first phase of High Street 2010
Julian Harrap Architects has completed the first phase of the High Street 2012 project.
The scheme, to beautify a key route to the Olympic Park, was to have hosted the final miles of the marathon before a U-turn by games chiefs this week saw the event re-routed.
The conservation specialist firm has restored the façades of six crumbling 19th century buildings on Whitechapel High Street.
In total, around 100 buildings will be refurbished as part of the £10 million project which also includes public realm improvements along the route.
A spokeswoman for Tower Hamlets confirmed that the project would go ahead in its entirety despite the “disappointing” change of plan.
“High Street 2012 means much more to the east end than a chance to bask in the global media spotlight,” she said. “It is about delivering a long-term regeneration legacy along an important route that connects the city of London to the Olympic Park in Stratford.”
The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, the London Development Agency and the Council.