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 … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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