Architect Lord Rogers has accused the government of overseeing the creation of “shoddy Toytown houses” on the banks of the river, with the Thames Gateway scheme.

The Labour peer said no government regeneration programme had managed to produce a world-class neighbourhood since the publication of his Urban Taskforce report in 1999.

Rogers, speaking at a debate on architecture in the House of Lords, said: “The Thames Gateway, Europe’s biggest regeneration project, is still peppering the banks of the beautiful Thames with shoddy, Toytown houses and Dan Dare glass towers. There is something seriously wrong when new houses across the country form rootless estate. I fear that we are building the slums of tomorrow.”