Projects

Introduction: 

High Street 2012 aims to respond to the specific needs of different places, making each work better for the local community as well as workers and visitors in the area. Simultaneously, the programme is also trying to create a coherent flow between the intersecting high streets that connect Aldgate to Stratford. To make sure both of these aims are achieved, our projects fall into two main categories – specific area based initiatives and general cross-route street actions.

Area Initiatives

As the ‘gateway’ to High Street 2012, Aldgate has already seen the creation of a new park at Braham Street which has replaced a busy road system and the restoration of six historic buildings on Whitechapel High Street.

Works at Altab Ali Park have made the space more...

Whitechapel is undergoing rapid change and the already-busy area will become even more so in the coming years with the new hospital, the East London Line and the planned arrival of Crossrail.

To help Whitechapel adapt to accommodate the increased numbers of people moving through the area...

The enhancements along Mile End Waste will maximise the value of this space for pedestrians, making the most of this historic stretch of green. The planned improvements will include new footpaths, better settings to the statues and a transformation of the surfaces immediately in front of the...

The Ocean Green project will see the creation of a new public green space with areas for rest and play and better connections between the large Ocean Estate and the high street.

The project will be developed and delivered in collaboration with East Thames Consortium, which is leading the...

This is the smallest of the area-based projects, but nevertheless one which will have a significant impact. It will provide tree planting on the green bridge and new play equipment, to make the park more attractive to wider audience.

Works at Mile End Park are being delivered by JMP and...

Bow

Bow previously marked the edge of London for travellers leaving and coming to London. It now marks a transition between the traditional, urban and dense high streets of Tower Hamlets and the landscape of the Lower Lea Valley. The roundabout, flyover and canal break up the connections...

This is an ambitious project, currently on site, to regenerate the public realm from Bow Roundabout to Stratford Town Centre. The existing High Street is a hard edged landscape dominated by traffic.

The number of new developments along the corridor presents a significant opportunity for...

Street Actions

This strand of work will repair, restore and reinstate historic buildings and shop-fronts to celebrate the street’s heritage and create a better sense of place. Nearly 100 buildings across the whole...

To enhance the environment for locals and visitors this street action will create a ‘green thread’ running along the high street by intensifying existing green space and creating new pockets of greenery. This builds on the existing characteristic of clumps, clusters and commons-edge...

We are working with designers and engineers to develop lighting schemes for the carriageways and pavements that run along High Street 2012. The aim of the lighting street action is to:

  • reaffirm a day and night time identity for the high street
  • make it a more pleasant and...

This activity will provide improved surfaces for pedestrians using materials which complement local character and features. We will also be co-ordinating with Transport for London’s Cycle Superhighways team to ensure integration of all initiatives.

This street action aims to complement navigational signage with more subtle and intuitive interventions that use existing features of the streetscape to provide a sense of direction and point to places of interest — both obvious and hidden.

High Street 2012 project partner Transport for London (TfL) has recently undertaken work to remove unnecessary street furniture along the A11 corridor in order to improve the built environment. Clutter accumulates over a number of years as more and...