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.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Whitechapel Road Improvement Programme focuses on the area of Whitechapel Road from the junctions with New Road and Vallance Road, to Cambridge Heath Road and Sydney Street. It comprises 3 strands: 

    • Public Realm: improved pavements, street lighting, greening and street furniture 
    • Market: upgraded stalls for a better trading and shopping environment 
    • Market Management: Determining a vision for the long-term success of the market and improving day-to-day operations 

    The programme also closely aligns with Transport for London’s (TfL) property repairs project, which is supporting essential repairs to properties along the High Street.

    This survey closed at 11:59pm on Sunday 9 January 2022. 

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