Council home rooftop extensions and major works

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Design Concept for Harpley Square


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, focussing 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 3 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 focussed 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 3 blocks as a pilot scheme. The criteria that the blocks had to meet are;

  • 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 on the capital programme
  • The block has the potential to deliver 5 or more new homes for our residents.

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

26 - 37 Harpley Square, E1 4EA

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 - December 2020

Since our last consultation in August and September 2020 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 these 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.

Due to social distancing requirements we will be undertaking this round of consultation events online through the Zoom platform. There will be several opportunities for you to join us. 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.

Harpley Square

O'Leary Square

Tomlinson Close

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 or tell us your ideas for your estate.


Design Concept for Harpley Square


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, focussing 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 3 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 focussed 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 3 blocks as a pilot scheme. The criteria that the blocks had to meet are;

  • 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 on the capital programme
  • The block has the potential to deliver 5 or more new homes for our residents.

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

26 - 37 Harpley Square, E1 4EA

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 - December 2020

Since our last consultation in August and September 2020 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 these 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.

Due to social distancing requirements we will be undertaking this round of consultation events online through the Zoom platform. There will be several opportunities for you to join us. 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.

Harpley Square

O'Leary Square

Tomlinson Close

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 or tell us your ideas for your estate.

  • Harpley Square

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    December 2020 Consultation Event

    We have been working hard on the designs for the proposed rooftop extension at 26-37 Harpley Square since our last consultation events in August 2020. We would like to set up a forum to present our latest designs to you and get your views and feedback. We have set up a couple of Zoom meetings for you to join where we will present our designs and there will be time for a question and answer session afterward.

    The dates for these events are:

    Date
    Time
    Zoom Meeting ID
    Passcode
    Wednesday 16 December 2020 5pm - 7pm 854 9674 0132 503879
    Monday 21 December 2020 2pm – 4pm 896 4178 1213 759291


    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.

    Alternatively, you can email helen.coshell@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you the Zoom meeting link. You can also dial into one of the meetings by telephone by calling 0203 901 7895 and enter the meeting ID and Passcode as instructed.

    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 Harpley Square


    Current view of 26-37 Harpley Square



    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. The appropriate work needed will be decided by the block surveys undertaken on block 26 - 37 Harpley Square.

    Feedback received from residents at our first consultation event told us that some residents have had issues with noise transference from neighbouring homes and that they have had issues of anti-social behaviour taking place in the communal areas and open space near the blocks. We have noted this and will look to see if we can improve this situation through 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

    Design proposal for the rooftop extension at 26 - 37 Harpley Square

    Any rooftop extension will only apply to block 26-37 Harpley Square and will provide approximately 8 new homes that will be available to families on the council waiting list. Up to 3 new floors will be added to the block with the staircase extended to provide access to the new homes with a possible link bridge to Raynham House so that residents are able to access a lift.

    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 the build is taking place. At the last consultation event, some residents enquired about whether the existing structure of the block will be able to cope with the new load added. This is being thoroughly investigated with our architects, Baily Garner, who will provide the best resolution for load bearing.

    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.


  • O'Leary Square

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    December 2020 Consultation Event

    We have been working hard on the designs for the proposed rooftop extension at 1 - 30 O'Leary Square since our last consultation events in August 2020. We would like to set up a forum to present our latest designs to you and get your views and feedback. We have set up a couple of Zoom meetings for you to join where we will present our designs and there will be time for a question and answer session afterward.

    The dates for these events are:

    Date Time Zoom Meeting ID Passcode
    Thursday 17 December 2020 2pm - 4pm 838 6086 9525
    130965
    Monday 21 December 2020 5pm - 7pm 896 4178 1213
    759291


    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.

    Alternatively, you can email helen.coshell@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you the Zoom meeting link. You can also dial into one of the meetings by telephone by calling 0203 901 7895 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode as instructed.

    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 Square

    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. 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 consultation event 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


    Any rooftop extension will only apply to block 1 - 30 O'Leary Square and will provide approximately 16 new homes that will be available to families on the council waiting list. Up to 3 new floors will be added to the block and will be serviced by the existing lift with the staircase at the south of the block extended upwards.

    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 the build 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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    December 2020 Consultation Event

    We have been working hard on the designs for the proposed rooftop extension at 2 - 20 Tomlinson Close since our last consultation events in September 2020. We would like to set up a forum to present our latest designs to you and get your views and feedback. We have set up a couple of Zoom meetings for you to join where we will present our designs and there will be time for a question and answer session afterward.

    The dates for these events are:

    Date Time Zoom Meeting ID Passcode
    Wednesday 16 December 2020 2pm - 4pm 854 9674 0132
    503879
    Thursday 17 December 2020 5pm - 7pm 838 6086 9525
    130965


    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.

    Alternatively, you can email helen.coshell@towerhamlets.gov.uk and we will send you the Zoom meeting link. You can also dial into one of the meetings by telephone by calling 0203 901 7895 and enter Meeting ID and Passcode as instructed.

    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

    Design proposal for the rooftop extensions at 2-20 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 6 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 4 storey side extension along the Brick Lane end of the block which will provide 3 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 as 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, meaning that residents can stay safely in their homes whilst the build 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.