31/44 Architects submits hotel plan for Whitechapel Bell Foundry

31/44's Whitechapel Bell Foundry proposal - New entrance interior view

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31/44 Architects has submitted plans for the controversial redevelopment of Whitechapel’s grade II* former bell foundry.

The foundry, which cast its last bells two years ago, has been based on the site since 1738 but can trace its history in the East End back to 1570. It has produced some of the world’s most famous bells including Big Ben and the original Liberty Bell.

The site was sold against a backdrop of financial pressure, though the name Whitechapel Bells was transferred to another firm.

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