High Street 2012 is an ambitious programme to enhance and celebrate the ribbon of London life that connects the City at Aldgate to the Olympic Park at Stratford. The project combines a series of area-based initiatives that respond to specific places along the route with street actions that cover the whole stretch to create a coherent thread that unites the intersecting high streets.
The works being carried out will build on the existing strengths of the street and help transform perceptions of the area, encourage positive change and attract future investment by:
- Creating a thriving high street for residents and visitors alike
- Improving the flow of the street making it easier for people to move around the area
- Stimulating a healthier urban environment providing better walking and cycling opportunities and increasing green spaces
- Celebrating the street and revealing its social and cultural richness by restoring historic buildings and spaces
Much has been achieved since the project was initiated in 2009 including the creation of Braham Street Park in Aldgate which was built on the space formerly occupied by the Aldgate gyratory system and the unveiling of the first set of restored historic buildings at Aldgate East.
The project is being co-ordinated by a number of key partners working collaboratively including: The London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, the London Development Agency and its Design for London team, Transport for London, the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and English Heritage.
High Street 2012 is part of two wider schemes of activity - the London's Great Outdoors programme, a Mayor of London initiative to improve public spaces in the city and the Mayor’s Great Spaces Initiative, which aims to embed high quality design in all public realm projects.