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Support for families boosted with new centre open at Chrisp Street Market


A brand-new Children and Family Centre has opened at Chrisp Street Market, part of the exciting evolution of Poplar’s main commercial centre.

The new Children and Family Centre building, which replaces the existing centre on Chrisp Street Market, has been delivered by Tower Hamlets Council in partnership with Telford Homes and Poplar HARCA. It aims to give every child the best possible start in life, providing high-quality health and wellbeing care to the next generation of children in Tower Hamlets

The opening of the centre also featured a street party for local families and special guests, including Cllr Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Children, Youth Services, Education and Equalities, and representatives from Telford Homes and Poplar HARCA.

The opening also heralds the launch of the council’s new Early Help and Children and Families Service, which runs 11 other centres across the borough, providing support for local children, young people and families.

The new centre signals a major investment on behalf of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It also marks the start of construction works as part of the wider transformation of Chrisp Street Market, which is being delivered by Telford Homes, in partnership with Poplar HARCA. Alongside the new Centre, the scheme will deliver over 600 new homes, 35 per cent of which will be affordable, as well as a new market, retail space and pocket parks.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“It is always great to see new investment in our services, especially as we begin to recover from Covid and continue to prioritise giving every child the best possible start in life.

“Our Children and Family Centres play a particularly important role in this ambition, through supporting some of our most disadvantaged families and offering, when needed, extra support and early intervention.

“I’m particularly pleased that this is part of a wider regeneration that’s underway at Chrisp Street Market, improving the local area and providing new homes, whilst maintaining all that’s best about the market.”

Some of the existing buildings will be demolished, whilst preserving the much-loved clock tower, Festival of Britain buildings and Ideas Store, to make way for 643 new homes and 19 new buildings.

The public space will be upgraded to include a new cinema, children’s play area, community hub, office space, restaurants and cafes, pocket parks, better lighting, cycle parking and disabled car parking spaces.

Babu Bhattacherjee, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, Poplar HARCA, said:

“Supporting the people who live and work in Chrisp Street to thrive is the driving force behind the market regeneration.

Poplar HARCA places huge value in providing spaces in which local young people and families can socialise and flourish, and we do this at Spotlight, our creative youth service, our community centres and eight dedicated early years spaces in Poplar.

With Telford Homes we are delighted to be part of Tower Hamlets’ commitment to making sure children and families in Chrisp Street continue to benefit from their support, for years to come too.”

Jerome Geoghegan, Group Land & Planning Director at Telford Homes, said:

“Together with our partners, we are helping to create a new destination at Chrisp Street – one that sensitively respects the history of this beloved market, but which also embraces the new, with the delivery of new homes, shops, community facilities, pocket parks and an enhanced      market.

“The launch of the new Children and Families Centre marks the first step in our journey at Chrisp Street, where we will offer current and new communities first-class facilities which will help to transform their lives for the better.”

Chrisp Street Market