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Who is involved?
The programme is being led by the Council’s Regeneration Team, working closely with Markets Services and other Council Teams. Project Centre are the lead consultant employed by the Council and are working closely with Greig & Stephenson, who previously developed outline designs for the market stalls with TfL.
Whitechapel Road, including the pavements and highway, is a TLRN and is owned by TfL. TfL are a supportive partner to the Council.
Is the WRIP linked to previous proposals to improve Whitechapel?
The WRIP builds upon a number of studies that have previously been undertaken by the Council and TfL to investigate solutions to the challenges facing Whitechapel. These studies weren’t progressed beyond feasibility stage due to a combination of funding, resourcing and prioritisation issues within both organisations.
Why has the Council launched the programme now?
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. The Council and TfL are working in partnership to improve the area in response to emerging developments and funding is confirmed to develop design work.
Will the proposals mean the end to Whitechapel Market?
No! Whitechapel Market is one of the most iconic street markets in London and the WRIP seeks to preserve and enhance what makes it so great.
What has been achieved so far?
Initial work commenced in Winter 2020 and a feasibility report was prepared by the Council’s consultants Project Centre in Spring 2021. The report builds on the historic work completed by the Council and TfL and established a joint vision for the area.
The Council and consultants The Assembly Line carried out a survey in Spring 2021 consulting on its 10 street markets in order to create the first borough-wide action plan for the Council’s markets. The strategy will cover the borough’s market operations and help inform their future management with an action plan for individual markets, including an expanded focus on Whitechapel Market to support the WRIP. The strategy will run from 2021 to 2026 approximately.
Will there be opportunities to provide feedback?
Yes, definitely! We want to hear from residents/visitors, businesses, market traders and community groups throughout the design process and there will be lots of opportunities to provide feedback and take part in consultation events. This page will be the central point for all communication and engagement updates. If you would like to stay informed about the progress of the WRIP, please subscribe opposite. If you have any questions, please email LBTHRegeneration@towerhamlets.gov.uk.
How is it being paid for?
The WRIP is currently funded by the Council’s capital programme and the Regeneration Team are also pursuing other third-party funding opportunities, including the Levelling Up Fund.
All of the design work is funded, but only the delivery of the public realm improvements outside the Council’s new Town Hall on the southern footway (which will be delivered in advance of other WRIP public realm improvements to coincide with its opening) are currently confirmed. As part of the market stall design work that is funded we will be testing a prototype of a new market stall typology in 2022.
The Regeneration Team will continue to work with the Council's Capital Delivery team, which manages the capital programme, to secure the remaining funds for the programme.
When will the improvements be delivered?
The design work will complete in Spring 2022. The strategy for the programme is that it will be delivered in phases once the design work has been completed.
The public realm improvements outside the Council’s new Town Hall on the southern footway will be commence in 2021 (in advance of other improvements) to coincide with its opening in Autumn 2022.
Upgrades and improvements to the market stalls and the market’s management can be delivered independently i.e. waste and storage improvements for market traders. As part of the market stall design work that is funded we will be testing a prototype of a new market stall typology in 2022.
What is included in the improvements?
The WRIP focuses on the area of Whitechapel Road from the junctions with New Road and Vallance Road, to Cambridge Heath Road and Sydney Street and comprises three stands:
Changes to the highway and traffic improvements are not included in the scope of the programme.
I’m a market trader and I want to know how I will be affected?
When the improvements take place there will be some disruption that impacts trading but this will be kept to a minimum and market traders will be informed and supported throughout. These arrangements will be confirmed through the evolving design work, and we're keen to receive feedback in the meantime so we can manage this most effectively. Please email LBTHRegeneration@towerhamlets.gov.uk.
I’m a neighbouring business/resident and want to know how I will be affected?
There are lots of issues – covering the design of the improvements, any access restrictions and information about the construction work that that will be agreed with stakeholders as part of design development. These arrangements will be confirmed through the evolving design work, and we're keen to receive feedback in the meantime so we can manage this most effectively. Please email LBTHRegeneration@towerhamlets.gov.uk.
Can I request an accessible format or translated copy?
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