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.