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Masterplan history and heritage strategy
The masterplan will make the most of the historic assets of the docks and the remaining beautiful building frontages along Poplar High Street. The North Dock and water characterise the southern portion of the site and act as a visual reminder of its industrial heritage. In recognition of their significance, the quay walls, copings and buttresses to the docks are Grade I listed and the Accumulator Tower next to Trafalgar Way is Grade II listed. The masterplan will celebrate these assets by creating a generous new public space along that dockside, stepping buildings back to maximise public access to the water’s edge. Views to the water and the Accumulator Tower can be optimised from both the public realm and new buildings.
Existing heritage assets map
Images of existing heritage assets
North of Aspen Way, part of the masterplan site falls within the boundary of the St. Matthias Church Conservation Area. The area is characterised by several architecturally significant buildings predominantly dating from the second half of the 19th century. At its heart, nestled in Poplar Park, lies the Grade II* listed St. Matthias Church, the oldest church in Poplar dating from 1654. Along Poplar High Street, several listed buildings, including Poplar Technical College within the site, are a reminder of when the area was the administrative centre of Poplar and a key route from Blackwall to the centre of London. New development should respect the scale and setting of these buildings by stepping down in massing towards Poplar High Street. Locating community uses and facilities within and near the historic cluster will enhance vibrancy and increase visibility and accessibility to the existing heritage.
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