Way back in 1977, the Spitalfields Trust managed to rally the troops and prevent the unwelcome redevelopment of Elder Street in Spitalfields.
Well, 38 years later redevelopers ‘British Land’ is at it again, proposing to destroy a whopping 70 percent of the buildings on its site in the Elder Street Conservation Area. Its plan is to rip down what’s there and construct yet another high-rise block of corporate office blocks. Funnily enough, the idea has NOT been well received.
If the building goes ahead, the office blocks will be up to 13 storeys high and will rise way above the surrounding buildings. Maybe people would be more welcoming to the idea if it was going to boost employment and housing, but in its proposal British Land doesn’t do much to address these issues. Instead, the project is targeting big corporations.
The Spitalfields Trust is peeved and is now opposing British Land and attempting to save the historic neighbourhood and conservation area from such radical change. Late last week the trust launched an exhibition criticising the scheme, telling the whole story and presenting an alternative future for the area.
The exhibition is currently at Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, until March 1. If you’re keen to find out more and join the opposition then take a look at the Facebook page for updates.