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Wednesday30 July 2014

Harrap completes first phase of High Street 2010

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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.

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  • What an incredible transformation. If this type of change could be rolled out along the whole high street, then there would be a real legacy from the games. I would add that it will be even better once the public realm is complete ... oh, and of course I am sure some people will see it as nasty regeneration driving out the local people as the shops are likely to become trendy boutiques and independent stores, rather than nail bars, cheap clothing warehouses and greasy spoon cafes.

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  • James Balston

    So many parts of London, and indeed our other towns and cities could do with this sort of makeover. Fantastic results and preferable to the casual destruction of our urban landscape.

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  • Brilliant! These are exactly the kind of buildings that get demolished for shiny new buildings all the time, just because they look a bit tatty. Restoring them instead has actually given something back to London, reinforcing rather than diluting its character.

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  • Why can't I have my cheap clothing warehouse and nail bar?
    And why must I subsidise this development.
    Those buildings have been the subject of speculation for years and were left to decay by ruthless property developers, who now reap profits at my expense.
    Otherwise great job Julian!

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  • Stunning transformation, I wish other councils would take note. This is what should be happening to every High Street across the country. For what it's costing it seems rather reasonable considering 100 buildings will benefit and the public realm improved.

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