Scheme proposed opposite Aldgate East tube station
Foster + Partners has submitted plans for a stepped 20-storey office block on an extended corner site opposite Aldgate East Tube station in Whitechapel.
The 49,000sq m project involves a land swap with a primary school on one edge of the site and the demolition of several small commercial buildings.
Haverstock has been appointed to work on the school elements which include moving its playground to the centre of the site and, potentially, a new annexe.
The façade of the four-storey Edwardian brick and stone building currently occupying the corner will be retained and restored, with first floor window arches extended down to street level to create retail units.
The City fringe area has seen a slew of towers go up in the last few years as the Square Mile bursts its borders, including Sigma Seifert’s Relay Building, One Commercial Street, which was nominated for the Carbuncle Cup in 2014.
The Foster site has been assembled by South Street Asset Management, a UK-based developer and property manager, which hopes to get planning early next year.