Council home rooftop extensions and major works

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Resident Consultation - September 2021

Since our last correspondence update in July 2021 with residents affected by both the major works and the proposed rooftop extensions, we have been working hard on the designs for the proposals using the feedback received at our last consultation events. We would like to come back to you now with some updated designs and will be inviting residents from the wider estate to view and comment on the designs.

We are pleased that Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted and we have arranged face-to-face, appointment based, consultation events for you to come along and have a look at the designs and speak to our team. We will be holding separate events for each block. You can find details of how to join the consultation, along with further details of the scheme by clicking on the below links.

We will also be holding online events for residents unable to make the face-to-face consultation, or for those who may be shielding / isolating. Dates and joining instructions can also be found in the below links.

O'Leary Square

Tomlinson Close

If you are unable to make any of the events, we would still like to give you the opportunity to have your say. Why not have a read of the information below and fill out our survey or tell us your ideas for your estate.


About this project


Over the next 8 years, Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamlets Council are embarking on an ambitious programme of major works to improve the quality of residential blocks across the borough ensuring that homes are warm, modern, secure and weather tight. These major works generally comprise of improvements such as replacements, repairs and maintenance, focusing on external brickwork, roofing, communal windows and internal decorations, mechanical and electrical services, structural repairs and fire protection work.


In addition to this we are introducing the proposal of a pilot project of rooftop extensions. We are looking at bringing forward a scheme of low rise blocks to provide further council homes on top. Our idea is to undertake this project at the same time as the major works to reduce the amount of disruption to local residents.

Why do we need to build?

The Mayor has pledged that the Council will build 2,000 new homes for local families by 2022. With approximately 19,000 households on our waiting list, this need for new homes has never been more urgent. With available land scarce in our borough, it is up to the Council to find new ways to build homes for our families. Our attention has focused on looking at our existing properties to see how they can be improved as well as provide more homes.

How we have selected blocks for our pilot scheme?

Tower Hamlets Council have run a study on all of our existing housing and we have selected blocks as a pilot scheme based on the below criteria:

  • The block has a flat roof
  • The block is only currently 2-3 storeys in height
  • The block is due for a new roof and considerable improvements in the Capital Programme of Major works.
  • The block has the potential to deliver 5 or more new homes for our residents.

For these reasons we have selected the below blocks for our pilot scheme:

1 - 30 O'Leary Square, E1 3AP

2 - 20 Tomlinson Close, E2 7LJ

Tower Hamlets Homes and the Council are working with reputable architect, Baily Garner, to deliver design proposals for you to consider, as well as assessing and advising on the current condition of the blocks needing major works.


Resident Consultation - September 2021

Since our last correspondence update in July 2021 with residents affected by both the major works and the proposed rooftop extensions, we have been working hard on the designs for the proposals using the feedback received at our last consultation events. We would like to come back to you now with some updated designs and will be inviting residents from the wider estate to view and comment on the designs.

We are pleased that Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted and we have arranged face-to-face, appointment based, consultation events for you to come along and have a look at the designs and speak to our team. We will be holding separate events for each block. You can find details of how to join the consultation, along with further details of the scheme by clicking on the below links.

We will also be holding online events for residents unable to make the face-to-face consultation, or for those who may be shielding / isolating. Dates and joining instructions can also be found in the below links.

O'Leary Square

Tomlinson Close

If you are unable to make any of the events, we would still like to give you the opportunity to have your say. Why not have a read of the information below and fill out our survey or tell us your ideas for your estate.


About this project


Over the next 8 years, Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamlets Council are embarking on an ambitious programme of major works to improve the quality of residential blocks across the borough ensuring that homes are warm, modern, secure and weather tight. These major works generally comprise of improvements such as replacements, repairs and maintenance, focusing on external brickwork, roofing, communal windows and internal decorations, mechanical and electrical services, structural repairs and fire protection work.


In addition to this we are introducing the proposal of a pilot project of rooftop extensions. We are looking at bringing forward a scheme of low rise blocks to provide further council homes on top. Our idea is to undertake this project at the same time as the major works to reduce the amount of disruption to local residents.

Why do we need to build?

The Mayor has pledged that the Council will build 2,000 new homes for local families by 2022. With approximately 19,000 households on our waiting list, this need for new homes has never been more urgent. With available land scarce in our borough, it is up to the Council to find new ways to build homes for our families. Our attention has focused on looking at our existing properties to see how they can be improved as well as provide more homes.

How we have selected blocks for our pilot scheme?

Tower Hamlets Council have run a study on all of our existing housing and we have selected blocks as a pilot scheme based on the below criteria:

  • The block has a flat roof
  • The block is only currently 2-3 storeys in height
  • The block is due for a new roof and considerable improvements in the Capital Programme of Major works.
  • The block has the potential to deliver 5 or more new homes for our residents.

For these reasons we have selected the below blocks for our pilot scheme:

1 - 30 O'Leary Square, E1 3AP

2 - 20 Tomlinson Close, E2 7LJ

Tower Hamlets Homes and the Council are working with reputable architect, Baily Garner, to deliver design proposals for you to consider, as well as assessing and advising on the current condition of the blocks needing major works.


  • O'Leary Square

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    September 2021 Consultation Events

    We have been working hard on the designs for the proposed rooftop extension at 1 - 30 O'Leary Square since our last correspondence in July 2021. We would like to present our latest design proposals to you and get your views and feedback.

    Face-to-Face Consultation Event

    We are pleased that Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted and we have arranged a face-to-face, appointment based, consultation event for you to speak to our architects, Baily Garner, and officers directly.

    We are still observing government guidelines on social distancing in order to keep our residents safe, so with this in mind, we are running this event on an appointment basis to maintain a restricted number of people in the room at one time.

    Date: Wednesday 15th September 2021

    Time: 4pm - 7pm

    Location: Collingwood Community Hall, Barnsley Street, London, E1 5RB - map

    Should you wish to attend this event, please contact Wayne Graves on 07923 242541, or by email wayne.graves@thh.org.uk, who would be happy to arrange an appointment time with you.

    We politely request that you keep to your appointment time and restrict your visit to 15 minutes in order for everyone to be able to view the material on display and ask any questions they may have. Masks will also need to be worn in the venue.

    Online Consultation Events

    If you feel uncomfortable meeting face-to-face or if you are shielding / isolating, we have arranged 2 further online consultation events so that you can still see our designs and speak with us, without the need to be in a public space. The online events will be held on;

    Thursday 16th September at 3pm - 4.30pm

    Friday 17th September at 5.30pm - 7pm

    To access one of these virtual consultation events please follow these instructions;

    1. Visit the Zoom website

    2. Sign up (for new users) or sign in (for existing users)

    3. Click on 'Join a meeting'

    4. Enter the 10-digit Meeting ID then the 6 Digit passcode as above on the date you choose.

    Date Time Zoom Meeting ID Passcode
    Thursday 16th September 2021 3pm - 4.30pm 833 5867 5036 3buBUF
    Friday 17th September 2021 5.30pm - 7pm 851 0611 5088 6xFFp5


    Alternatively, you can email helen.coshell@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you the Zoom meeting link.

    If you are unable to make any of the online events, we would still like to give you the opportunity to have your say. Why not have a read of the information below and fill out our survey.


    Plans for O'Leary Square

    Current view of 1 - 30 O'Leary SquareMajor Works

    Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamlets Council are embarking on an ambitious programme of major works to improve the quality of residential blocks across the borough ensuring that homes are warm, modern, secure and weather tight. These major works generally comprise of improvements such as replacements, repairs and maintenance, focusing on external brickwork, roofing, communal windows and internal decorations, mechanical and electrical services, structural repairs and fire protection work. The appropriate work needed will be decided by the block surveys undertaken on blocks 1 - 30; 31 - 74 and 75 - 83 O'Leary Square.

    We received a lot of helpful feedback from residents at our first and second consultation events including concerns over the level of anti-social behavior taking place both within the blocks and around the estate. Other suggestions for improvement included better landscaping and maintenance of the communal garden area and balconies for the upper floor properties as well as better insultation and ventilation for the blocks. All suggestions have been noted and will be considered during the progress of the major works surveys and designs for the rooftop extension.

    Proposed Rooftop Extension


    Proposed View of 1-30 O'Leary Square


    Any rooftop extension will only apply to block 1 - 30 O'Leary Square and will provide approximately 30 new homes that will be available to residents on the council waiting list. Up to 3 new floors will be added to the block and will be serviced by the existing lift and the staircases at both the north and south of the block.

    The intention is to manufacture much of the new rooftop homes off-site in a factory and then lift them into position. This will reduce the amount of time that the works will take and reduce noise and other disruptions, meaning that residents can stay safely in their homes whilst most of the construction is taking place.

    No decision has yet been made on the rooftop extension proposal. Your feedback will inform the next steps in this scheme. Have your say by filling out our survey.

  • Tomlinson Close

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    September 2021 Consultation Events

    We have been working hard on the designs for the proposed rooftop extension at 2-20 Tomlinson Close since our last correspondence in July 2021. We would like to present our latest design proposals to you and get your views and feedback.

    Face-to-Face Consultation Event

    We are pleased that Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted and we have arranged a face-to-face, appointment based, consultation event for you to speak to our architects, Baily Garner, and officers directly.

    We are still observing government guidelines on social distancing in order to keep our residents safe, so with this in mind, we are running this event on an appointment basis to maintain a restricted number of people in the room at one time.

    Date: Tuesday 14th September 2021

    Time: 4pm - 7pm

    Location: Professional Development Centre, 229 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6AB - map

    Should you wish to attend this event, please contact Wayne Graves on 07923 242541, or by email wayne.graves@thh.org.uk, who would be happy to arrange an appointment time with you.

    We politely request that you keep to your appointment time and restrict your visit to 15 minutes in order for everyone to be able to view the material on display and ask any questions they may have. Masks will also need to be worn in the venue.

    Online Consultation Events

    If you feel uncomfortable meeting face-to-face or if you are shielding / isolating, we have arranged 2 further online consultation events so that you can still see our designs and speak with us, without the need to be in a public space. The online events will be held on;

    Thursday 16th September at 5.30pm - 7pm

    Friday 17th September at 3pm - 4.30pm

    To access one of these virtual consultation events please follow these instructions;

    1. Visit the Zoom website

    2. Sign up (for new users) or sign in (for existing users)

    3. Click on 'Join a meeting'

    4. Enter the 10-digit Meeting ID then the 6 Digit passcode as above on the date you choose.

    Date Time Zoom Meeting ID Passcode
    Thursday 16th September 2021 5.30pm - 7pm 890 0554 3701 7pRDyh
    Friday 17th September 2021 3pm - 4.30pm 867 1867 7539 ndaj8a


    Alternatively, you can email helen.coshell@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you the Zoom meeting link.

    If you are unable to make any of the online events, we would still like to give you the opportunity to have your say. Why not have a read of the information below and fill out our survey.


    Plans for Tomlinson Close


    Current view of 2-20 Tomlinson Close


    Major Works

    Tower Hamlets Homes and Tower Hamlets Council are embarking on an ambitious programme of major works to improve the quality of residential blocks across the borough ensuring that homes are warm, modern, secure and weather tight. These major works generally comprise of improvements such as replacements, repairs and maintenance, focussing on external brickwork, roofing, communal windows and internal decorations, mechanical and electrical services, structural repairs and fire protection work. These works will be undertaken on blocks 2 - 20 (evens), 1 - 31 (odds) and 22 - 68 (evens) Tomlinson Close.

    Feedback received from residents at our first consultation event told us that the insultation of the buildings could look to be improved. We have noted this and will look to include this in the major works programme. Baily Garner, our appointed archictects at this stage, are undertaking surveys of the blocks to establish other works required. A schedule of works will be shared at our earliest opportunity.

    Proposed Rooftop Extension

    Proposed view of Tomlinson Close



    A study conducted by the Council identified 2 - 20 Tomlinson Close as having the potential to provide new homes for our residents and will only apply to this block on this estate. The rest if the estate will receive major works as mentioned above.

    Depending on the design and planning feasibility we are hoping to be able to build 10 new homes if this scheme gets the go ahead. This will mean to 2-3 floors will be added to the block with the staircase extended to provide access to the new homes. As shown in the design above, you can see the additional homes as well as the improvements that will be made to the rest of the block.

    It is also proposed to add a new side extension along the Brick Lane end of the block which will provide 2 new homes. The disused drying area at the east end of the block will be converted into a new staircase to provide access to the existing first floor and the new upper floors.

    Our intention is to manufacture much of the new rooftop homes off-site in a factory and then lift them into position. This will reduce the amount of time that workers will be onsite for and reduce a lot of noise and other disruption.

    No decision has yet been made on the rooftop extension proposal. Your feedback will inform the next steps in this scheme. Have your say by filling out our survey.