Planning projects in Tower Hamlets scoop four top awards

Planners at Tower Hamlets Council celebrated as projects in the borough scooped four top London Planning awards this week.

Bow Cross, a regeneration scheme on a housing estate in the Bow area, received the top award at the London Planning Awards ceremony.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, gave his ‘Mayor’s Award’ to Swan Housing Association for this regeneration project, which has seen a deprived estate transformed into a traditional street-based neighbourhood where people want to live.

The other winners based in the borough were:

  • Bow Cross, by the Swan Housing Association, who were also recipients of the Best Project Five Years On prize
  • Pill Box in Bethnal Green, voted the Best New Place to Work
  • Vivo & So Stepney, recognised as the Best New Place to Live. This was designed by Levitt Bernstein, for the East Thames Group and Bellway Homes. This is the first completed phase of the Ocean Estate regeneration scheme.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said:

“Scooping four awards at the London Planning Awards was a real achievement. It’s a huge recognition that we as a council, working closely with developers, are doing our utmost to make Tower Hamlets an attractive and appealing place to live and work for our residents.”

Cllr Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing and development, said:

“We work hard to ensure that Tower Hamlets residents really reap the benefits of redevelopment in the borough, by focussing on high quality design and building beneficial relationships with registered housing providers and developers. This is all part of our commitment to ensuring that Tower Hamlets is a great place to live.”

The London Planning Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of planners to the capital’s urban regeneration. They are organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils.