Whitechapel Road Improvements Programme

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Consultation on Design Proposals

Our survey on the latest design proposals for Whitechapel Road closed on Sunday 9th January 2022, however you are still able to view our design proposals online.

We would like to thank all those who took part in the survey. In total we received 440 responses, with the majority of respondents welcoming improvements to Whitechapel Road, and particularly the market.

We will shortly publish a report summarising the results in more detail, and all feedback is being carefully considered as we progress into the next stage of the design process.

To keep updated with the project please subscribe to project updates on the side bar.

Background

Whitechapel Road is the cultural and historical heart of Whitechapel, and home to its iconic street market. It is experiencing rapid transformation with the arrival of Crossrail, the Council’s new Town Hall, and other forthcoming investments. London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) and Transport for London (TfL) are working in partnership to improve the area in response to emerging developments.

Whitechapel Road has local, neighbourhood and strategic roles. It is a key transport corridor from Stratford into the City, and a thriving centre for commerce, shopping, and leisure, with a distinct local identity. However, the area suffers a number of challenges, including a lack of seating, street clutter, and poor-quality pavements which contribute to the unattractive environment and impact pedestrian flows. There is also a lack of infrastructure to support the market including power, waste management and storage solutions.

Site Location Plan

Programme Overview

The significant changes in the area, and rise in the profile and function of Whitechapel Road, present an opportunity to deliver improvements to the area. Led by the Council’s Regeneration Team, the Whitechapel Road Improvements Programme focuses on the area of Whitechapel Road from the junctions with New Road and Vallance Road, to Cambridge Heath Road and Sydney Street. The WRIP comprises three strands:

  • Public Realm: enhancements to the quality, organisation and functionality of the street to increase accessibility, wayfinding and safety, and clearly define spaces for different uses and activities.
  • Market Stalls: upgrades to stalls to create a consistent design and improved shopping environment
  • Market Management: Determining a vision for the long-term success of the market and improving the day-to-day function of the market operations.

Benefits

By addressing the challenges and opportunities in the area, the programme will achieve several benefits. Upgrades to street infrastructure will prioritise pedestrians and sustainable modes of movement to promote accessibility and safety. The commercial and district centre offer will be strengthened by reinvigorating the local market, promoting growth, supporting local traders and businesses while encouraging opportunities for an active night-time economy. The programme will celebrate the diversity and distinctiveness of the local area; introducing public art, supporting temporary events and everyday activities, and enhance the setting of heritage and cultural assets.

Have Your Say

This page will be the central point for all communication and engagement updates. Progress updates will appear in the news feed below; key information and how to sign up to updates can be accessed via the sidebar on the right.

If you would like to stay informed about the progress of the programme please subscribe. If you have any questions, please email LBTH.Regeneration@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Consultation on Design Proposals

Our survey on the latest design proposals for Whitechapel Road closed on Sunday 9th January 2022, however you are still able to view our design proposals online.

We would like to thank all those who took part in the survey. In total we received 440 responses, with the majority of respondents welcoming improvements to Whitechapel Road, and particularly the market.

We will shortly publish a report summarising the results in more detail, and all feedback is being carefully considered as we progress into the next stage of the design process.

To keep updated with the project please subscribe to project updates on the side bar.

Background

Whitechapel Road is the cultural and historical heart of Whitechapel, and home to its iconic street market. It is experiencing rapid transformation with the arrival of Crossrail, the Council’s new Town Hall, and other forthcoming investments. London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) and Transport for London (TfL) are working in partnership to improve the area in response to emerging developments.

Whitechapel Road has local, neighbourhood and strategic roles. It is a key transport corridor from Stratford into the City, and a thriving centre for commerce, shopping, and leisure, with a distinct local identity. However, the area suffers a number of challenges, including a lack of seating, street clutter, and poor-quality pavements which contribute to the unattractive environment and impact pedestrian flows. There is also a lack of infrastructure to support the market including power, waste management and storage solutions.

Site Location Plan

Programme Overview

The significant changes in the area, and rise in the profile and function of Whitechapel Road, present an opportunity to deliver improvements to the area. Led by the Council’s Regeneration Team, the Whitechapel Road Improvements Programme focuses on the area of Whitechapel Road from the junctions with New Road and Vallance Road, to Cambridge Heath Road and Sydney Street. The WRIP comprises three strands:

  • Public Realm: enhancements to the quality, organisation and functionality of the street to increase accessibility, wayfinding and safety, and clearly define spaces for different uses and activities.
  • Market Stalls: upgrades to stalls to create a consistent design and improved shopping environment
  • Market Management: Determining a vision for the long-term success of the market and improving the day-to-day function of the market operations.

Benefits

By addressing the challenges and opportunities in the area, the programme will achieve several benefits. Upgrades to street infrastructure will prioritise pedestrians and sustainable modes of movement to promote accessibility and safety. The commercial and district centre offer will be strengthened by reinvigorating the local market, promoting growth, supporting local traders and businesses while encouraging opportunities for an active night-time economy. The programme will celebrate the diversity and distinctiveness of the local area; introducing public art, supporting temporary events and everyday activities, and enhance the setting of heritage and cultural assets.

Have Your Say

This page will be the central point for all communication and engagement updates. Progress updates will appear in the news feed below; key information and how to sign up to updates can be accessed via the sidebar on the right.

If you would like to stay informed about the progress of the programme please subscribe. If you have any questions, please email LBTH.Regeneration@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

  • Whitechapel Night Walk

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    As part of the Greater London Authority’s ongoing campaign for a 24-hour London, Publica and the GLA’s 24-hour team are delivering support to boroughs working on evening and night-time strategies. As part of this initiative, a night walk of Whitechapel took place on Tuesday 22nd March 2022.

    The walk brought together a range of stakeholders from the local area to explore their experiences of the area at night and understand what the aspirations, priorities, issues, and opportunities are for Whitechapel’s evening and night-time economy.

    We visited several points of interest including; Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Ideastore, the New Town Hall site, Royal London Hospital, the new Life Sciences Site, local business establishments, East London Mosque, Aldgate Connect, and the Whitechapel Gallery.

    Some of the discussions included:

    • What the current evening and night-time offer in Whitechapel is.
    • How Whitechapel is changing and what that would mean for different stakeholder groups.
    • Importance of active street level uses and illuminated building frontages in animating streets and spaces after dark.
    • Community safety.
    • Partnership working between the Council, local businesses, workers and community groups.
    • Understanding the pattens of use from day to evening to night helps identify pressures, demands and opportunities.
    • Amenities for night workers and supporting their wellbeing and quality of life.

    In terms of next steps, the GLA will be in touch with resources and support they could give the Council to help shape an evening and night-time strategy in Whitechapel.

  • Prototype Stall Trader Engagement

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    Greig & Stephenson Architects have been working on designing a suitable market stall structure for Whitechapel Market. Before the design is finalised, a trail version of the stalls (a Prototype) will be installed to test its functionality with market traders. Traders will be able to use the Prototype stalls during market hours to understand how the new stalls can benefit their business and work with the project team to understand any issues which can then be addressed before the design is rolled out to the whole market.

    We hosted a Trader Engagement Event on Thursday 17th March 2022 to share plans for the prototype and colour samples for the tarpaulin, see boards from the event here.

    The feedback during the event was positive and traders that attended were keen to see the prototype installed. The pilot scheme is planned to last for six months so that traders who wish to trial the stalls can. The feedback from traders during the trial is very important in shaping the final design of the new stalls.

    We are currently in the process of procuring a fabricator to build the prototype and will provide a further update once an appointment has been made.

  • Results from Survey

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    We would like to thank all those who took part in our public survey. In total we received 440 responses, with the majority of respondents welcoming improvements to Whitechapel Road, and particularly the market.

    Key points from the consultation included:

    • Residents, visitors, and businesses mentioned cleanliness as a key issue, with litter and infrastructure from the market and shops a recurring concern. Suggestions include better storage for refuse, facilities for recycling, and strong pest control measures.
    • More than 60% of respondents cited crime and anti-social behaviour as a safety concern, with hate crime, drug-related offences, and begging mentioned by residents.
    • There were approximately four times as many positive (130) to negative (33) comments about the concept designs for the market. There was support for the concept of a mix of stall types and having some semi-permanent structures to encourage and support different uses.
    • Most respondents voiced a preference for brighter, colourful stalls, although there was a desire for the stalls to be in keeping with the nearby properties and have a cleaner, more modern look.
    • The issue of accessibility was raised and the ability of the market area to remain clear for pedestrians out of operational hours.
    • A lack of seating was highlighted by the majority of respondents. The most popular uses for the public rest areas were for meeting people, resting, eating a snack, and enjoying greenery or artwork. Cycle parking was also raised regularly to encourage sustainable travel.

    We will shortly publish a report summarising the results in more detail, and all feedback is being carefully considered as we progress into the next stage of the design process.

  • Upcoming Consultation Events

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    We’re keen to hear your views on our design proposals. Come along to one of our drop-in sessions at Idea Store Whitechapel (231 Whitechapel Road) to meet the project team and see the proposals in person.

    Sessions will be held on the following dates:

    • Monday 6th December 3-6pm
    • Thursday 9th December 4-7pm
    • Monday 13th December 4-7pm

    Your views are crucial in helping us develop our designs to meet the needs of the community and to shape the future of Whitechapel Road. If you are unable to attend the sessions you can view our design proposals, and complete our survey before Sunday 9th January 2022.

  • Successful Levelling Up Fund bid for Whitechapel

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    We are pleased to announce that Tower Hamlets Council have successfully secured £9.3m from the Governments Levelling Up Fund to support the delivery of the Whitechapel Road Improvement Programme (WRIP).

    The programme covers the area of Whitechapel Road from the junctions with New Road and Vallance Road, to Cambridge Heath Road and Sydney Street and will see street improvements like better pavements and more signage and seating, as well as upgrades to market stalls and essential repairs to properties along the high street.

    The programme is split into four main areas;

    • Whitechapel Road Public Realm Improvement Project (PRIP) to deliver 10,000 sqm of public realm works, including improved pavements, street lighting, greening and street furniture.
    • Whitechapel Market Stalls Project (MSP) to provide new market stalls supporting a better trading and shopping environment.
    • Whitechapel Market Management & Maintenance Project (MMMP) to deliver improved market facilities including waste management.
    • Whitechapel Road Property Repair Project, to support essential building repairs to properties along the High Street.

    We want to keep our community at the heart of our proposals and have consultation events coming up, to stay informed please subscribe for project updates via the sidebar on the right.

  • Funding application submitted for Levelling Up Fund

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    Led by the Regeneration Team, the Council has submitted an application for funding from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, which is investing in town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects, and cultural assets across the UK.

    If the Council is successful, the funding will support the delivery of the Whitechapel Road Improvement Programme.

Page last updated: 27 Apr 2022, 11:42 AM