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Swan submits plans to redevelop 'brutalist' Robin Hood Gardens estate

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Swan submits plans to redevelop 'brutalist' Robin Hood Gardens estate Swan submits plans to redevelop 'brutalist' Robin Hood Gardens estate

Swan Housing Group is to submit plans for the redevelopment of the Robin Hood Gardens estate next week.

A detailed planning application for the phase one regeneration of the Blackwall Reach area of Tower Hamlets is to be lodged with the council.

Reviled by many but loved by architectural historians, the ‘brutalist’ Robin Hood Gardens - designed by husband and wife team Alison and Peter Smithson - have divided opinion for decades.

Swan was selected by Tower Hamlets Council to develop the site once the campaign by architectural luminaries to save the Smithsons’ building had been lost. Architects Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers were among those who joined the campaign, with the latter claiming the estate was “as good, if not better, than any modern building in Britain”.

Consultations have been ongoing with residents and stakeholders in the Blackwall Reach area of Poplar since summer 2011 for the first phase of the £500 million project.

‘Phase 1a’ of the Blackwall Reach regeneration applies to land at the north west of the Blackwall Reach site, north of Woolmore Street, between Robin Hood Lane and Cotton Street and the north east of Bullivant Street.

The application includes plans to provide:

  • 98 new homes to mostly decanted residents and address the over-crowding of homes earmarked for demolition in future phases of project; 
  • A new replacement mosque for the Poplar Mosque 
  • A new community centre of circa 500 sq. m.
  • A housing office for Swan
  • A public square linking the mosque, community centre and Woolmore School; and 
  • Improved public realm, landscaping and play space. 

Outline planning consent was granted earlier this year. The overall scheme will see 1,575 homes built at the site, including 700 ‘affordable’ homes, with 80 percent of these for social rent.

Swan Chief Executive, John Synnuck, said: “This application includes some important detail about the first phase of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project. The application has been submitted after a comprehensive period of consultation between Swan, Tower Hamlets Council and the Homes and Communities Agency and the local community.

“It represents an important milestone in Swan’s ongoing commitment to the regeneration of the Blackwall Reach area.”

The application also has important implications for residents living at Blackwall Reach and who wish to remain in the area. Many of these residents are expected to decant to these newly built homes when they are completed in March 2015.

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