Celebrating Leopold Regeneration

The regeneration of the Leopold estate was completed in July this year, from its transfer to Poplar HARCA in 2004. The refurbishment included works to the red blocks and demolition of the grey blocks, and the new builds were completed in April 2018.

Watch Mike's story to see how the regeneration has impacted positively on local people.

The new build works were carried out in three phases:

Phase 1a (Geoff Cade Way)
Delivered 62 homes, all for social rent. Many of these homes were large family properties of up to six bedrooms.

Phase 1b (St Paul’s Way)
Delivered 60 homes for outright sale and shared equity. In addition, a 1,000 square metre community facility was integrated into the development.

Phase 2 (Ackroyd Drive/Bow Common Lane)
Delivered 364 new homes. 256 for private sale, 37 for shared ownership, 52 for affordable rent and 19 for social rent.

Features of the scheme include:

  • A piece of mosaic artwork titled ‘Entwined Histories’ that was commissioned to reflect the local area, its history and its community. Two factors informed the design: the former use of the site as one of the London Docks main rope-making factories and the wide range of migrant communities that have arrived in the area over many centuries.
  • Easier access into the estate, with new routes for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Two new communal gardens and four new pocket parks, one of which is named after a former resident, Micky Almond.
  • An electric car club and a Santander bike station.
  • Two roads named after female councillors who were part of the Poplar rates rebellion, Nellie Creswell and Julia Scurr.

The completion of the works was celebrated on 18th July at St Paul’s Way Centre. Attendees included Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs, Poplar HARCA Chair Paul Brickell, Countryside Properties, local residents, partners and Poplar HARCA staff. Andrew Mahoney and Mike Haggerty, residents and members of Leopold Area Regeneration Team, planted a tree in the grounds.

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