Preparations for this scheme have been in progress for many years.

Permission for the scheme was granted in March 2019, and work is set to begin mid 2021.


The plans for the area include: 

  • Creation of 643 new homes - including the erection of 19 new buildings, ranging from 3 to 25 storeys

  • Demolition of existing buildings – with the exception of the Festival of Britain buildings, Clock Tower and Idea Store

  • Enhancement of the existing market, including a new canopy and market service building

  • Refurbishment of retained Festival of Britain buildings; reconfiguration and replacement of other existing retail premises – including creation of a new cinema;

  • A new community hub

  • Office space, retail, financial and professional services and cafés

  • Ground floor restaurant spaces and a new food store 

  • Upgrade to public open space -  including a children’s play area, new public realm, landscaping works and new lighting with cycle parking spaces (including new visitor cycle parking), and provision of disabled car parking spaces 


Compulsory Purchase Order: Chrisp Street

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council has made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), which will now be submitted to the Secretary of State for their consideration. For the full documentation, please view the council website here

CPO Frequently Asked Questions provided by London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council

July 2021 - Staff Gear up for Opening of New Children's Centre at Chrisp Street

The opening of the new Children’s Centre at Chrisp Street is edging ever closer, as the finishing touches are almost complete.


The new Chrisp Street Children’s Centre, will aim to give every child the best possible start in life, providing high-quality health and wellbeing care to the next generation of children across Tower Hamlets.


The centre, which will be run by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, will look to improve outcomes for all young children and their families, as well as reduce health inequalities between the most disadvantaged children and others through early intervention and holistic support.


After handing over the keys of the new building to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, David Diggons, Contracts Manager at Telford Homes, said:


“We are pleased to hand over this lovely new purpose built Children’s Centre to Tower Hamlets Council.


“I know the staff of the existing Centre can’t wait to move into their new home, and are looking forward to working with local families and the wider community to ensure we are able to collectively transform the lives of children across the Borough and deliver a lasting legacy for the next generation of young people.”


Babatunde Balogun, Project Manager at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, said:


“It has been a real journey to get here, but we’re so excited to see the new centre open soon. The building looks great and we hope it will support the local community for many years to come.”


Margy Creber, Early Intervention Lead at the Chrisp Street Children’s Centre, said:


“We can't wait for the new centre to open. I’m sure the children and their families are going to love it.”


The new centre forms part of the wider ongoing transformation of Chrisp Street Market, which is being delivered by Telford Homes in partnership with Poplar HARCA. Alongside the new children’s centre, the scheme is set to deliver over 600 new homes, 35% of which will be affordable, as well as a new market, retail space and pocket parks.