Completed London regeneration project ‘blueprint for future schemes’

The final phase of works at St Paul’s Square in Bow has been completed two years ahead of schedule.

The development on the former Leopold Estate, which began during the height of the recession in 2008, consists of 486 new and 335 refurbished tenure-blind homes, of which 35% are affordable.

Behind the development are property developers, Countryside and housing association, Poplar HARCA.

The scheme also includes 10,000 sq ft of office space and public realm.

Countryside says new artwork and road names have been installed which celebrate the rich heritage of the area, including heroes of the 1921 Poplar Rates Rebellion and the suffragette movement.

Andy Fancy, managing director for partnerships at Countryside, said: ‘We were fully aware of London’s acute shortage of housing especially for first time buyers trying to step onto the ladder. Despite being in the middle of an economic recession, we were determined to progress work at St Paul’s Square in 2008.

‘Thanks to strong partnerships with Poplar HARCA and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, detailed planning and precise execution, we were able to navigate through difficult times and deliver something truly special.

‘Aside from creating high quality homes and replacing outdated housing on the estate, we have kept the hearts and minds of the local community at the centre of our work and delivered some fantastic new communal facilities. The feedback from both existing and new residents has been overwhelmingly positive, which proves this is a fine blueprint for future schemes in and around the capital.’

Paul Brickell, chair of Poplar HARCA, added: ‘The Leopold Estate was looking tired and outdated but having worked closely with Countryside and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, we have created a truly inclusive neighbourhood in this part of East London.

‘Having consulted with the community at every stage of the process, the area is now a thriving community with a sense of belonging and wellbeing.’

Thomas Barrett
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