“Nothing is too good for the East End” Piers Gough

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Architect extraordinaire and leader in his profession, Piers Gough acknowledged, “nothing is too good for the East End” in the light of Guildmore’s recent construction project at Poplar Baths.

Nothing is too good for the East End”

Architect extraordinaire and leader in his profession, Piers Gough acknowledged, “nothing is too good for the East End” in the light of Guildmore’s recent construction project at Poplar Baths.

The East End has seen astounding changes and developments in the last few years by way of reinforcement within the community.

With an upward trend of 19% in terms of East London’s population rise; the last decade has cultivated channels for design, modernity and pioneered progression. Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham have encountered dramatic developments in terms of increased ethnic diversity, construction opportunities and new housing.

Approx. 77,000 more dwellings in East London since 2011

According to the 2011 census, there are approximately 77,000 more dwellings in east London and the area has seen momentous transformations – becoming younger, denser, more diverse, less car dependent and more dominated by flats and renting.

With increased desirability in the area, there has been great satisfaction and this is where Guildmore is leading the way. With a keen eye for community building and meaningful partnerships, Guildmore is pro-actively working closely with local authorities as well as with local communities to create a vibrant network in east London.

Brimming with possibilities

East London is an exciting and growing area – brimming with possibilities for dynamism and growth. Matching its own dynamic strategies, this has allowed Guildmore capacity building opportunities for creating ingenious developments. And by integrating sophisticated planning, these London boroughs have become all the more popular for affordable housing as well as regeneration.

Currently, Guildmore is engaged in exciting developments at Poplar Baths. Work is currently in progress in close partnership with Tower Hamlets Council. Waterproof concrete has been installed to the retaining walls from basement to ground floor. Additionally, at Dame Colet, the sub-floor walls have been completed along with the excavation for pile cap beams at Haileybury Youth Centre.

Progress at Poplar

Striking progress has been made at Poplar Baths Residential with an advanced underground drainage system and steel reinforcement installations. Similarly, construction at Poplar Baths Leisure is well underway with the renovation of the old pools. The interior is changing fast at the Poplar Baths site and groundwork has commenced at Dame Colet.

The external facade structural conditional building survey is also complete along with the retrieval of historical artifacts. Most importantly, English Heritage is documenting photos at each stage, in order to mastermind the reconstruction. Meanwhile, Dame Colet Residential will offer 40 Council rented homes on four levels that are made to lifetime home standards, which aim to provide superb private amenities for the residents.

Historic, yet modern too

Rest assured, Guildmore certify that the £36 million leisure facility development will retain the appealing and historic architectural components of Tower Hamlet’s historic public baths. Simultaneously, Guildmore will construct 100 new homes between the two sites. The youth centre at Haileybury is set to become a welcoming space for the youth of the local community and a much-needed place to call their own.

Haileybury Youth Centre services installations are to commence promptly as it will begin to deliver top-notch facilities to the young people of Tower Hamlets in 2015. This will include a caged rooftop football pitch, showers, changing rooms along with several activities. The plans for the youth centre have been drawn up in consultation with Youth and Community services to make usage of the space that vows to meet the youth’s needs.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: “The transformation of Poplar Baths will see a magnificent historic building brought into the 21st century, along with better facilities for residents and a hundred new council homes.”

With such exciting projects surging ahead, Guildmore is actively working on expansions and restorations within the community with the view that the East End should be truly defined by originality, creativity and change. Proof indeed that Piers Gough is right to declare that the East End is “Nothing is too good for the East End”.

Follow the news on the Guildmore website to keep track of forthcoming opening dates at Poplar Baths, Dame Colet and Haileybury through 2015 and 2016.

To find out more about how the East End is changing from the Guildmore perspective, visit: http://www.guildmore.com
Or contact us at +(44) 208 313 5050.

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