Our vision for Blossom Street is to refurbish, extend and create new buildings; providing new offices, retail and residential space. We are creating sensitively designed buildings, bringing many vacant or underused buildings in the area back into useful economic use.
Who has been working on the project?
You can find out more information about the project team on ‘Who we are’ page of the Blossom Street website.
What is the extent of the development site?
Are there any listed buildings in the development area?
There are no listed buildings within the development area, however Fleur de Lis Street is identified as a Listed Street. As part of our original planning application Listed Building Consent was granted for changes to Fleur de Lis Street.
What will the scheme provide?
The consented scheme will provide commercial space for a range of business sizes, and new retail premises. The consented development includes:
- 33,040m2 of commercial space
- 3,550m2 of retail space
- 1,400m2 of public realm
Will there be a pub or restaurants in the completed development?
Yes, there will be a pub. It will be located in the same location as the Water Poet was previously. There are also expected to be restaurants in the developments.
When will the scheme be completed?
We are working towards a project completion in 2023.
Will there be any public access to or through the development once completed?
Are you planning to make any changes to the consented scheme?
What days will you be working on site?
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and the need to maintain social distancing both on site and when travelling to and from site, we are having to stagger the working hours of construction workers. Therefore, London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) permitted hours of working are now 7am-8pm (Mon-Fri) and 7am-6pm (Sat) and all works will be within these hours.
We are not intending to carry out works on Sunday or Bank Holidays. There may be dispensation for some works to take place outside the LBTH permitted hours of working however this is by agreement with LBTH and we will work to schedule these at times that limit impact on the community.
Where we do have to undertake works outside of these hours, we will inform the local community by letter, email and/or social media.
How long will the development take to complete?
Construction across the development will commence at different times, depending on the sequencing of the works, so some elements will be completed before the others.
How are you monitoring the impact of site works on the local community?
We have installed environmental monitoring to ensure compliance of the works in line with the local authorities and the Mayor of London’s guidelines.
We have a 24-hour security presence, including additional CCTV cameras to deter antisocial behaviour.
To mitigate any issues which may arise due to an increase of traffic to the site, there are two accesses to the site and all vehicles will follow the agreed traffic management plan and shall be marshalled into and out of the site at all times.
How long will the hoardings be up?
Hoardings will be erected for the duration of the project, however their position and form may change over time as the works progress. We will keep the community updated about this as the project progresses.
Will roads and footpaths be closed?
Access along parts of Fleur de Lis Street and Blossom Street, and the entirety of Fleur de Lis Passage will be closed to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic for the duration of the construction works and will be returned to public use following the completion of the new development.
To ensure that their operation is not impeded, access only privileges will be maintained up to 16-17 Blossom Street from Folgate Street for the Point A hotel.
Will you be closing the parking bays?
It has been necessary to temporarily suspend some parking bays. They will be returned to use when it is safe to do so.
Will Blossom Street and Fleur de Lis Street be opened to cars again once construction is complete?
Under our planning consent the roads will become one-way from Commercial Street towards Norton Folgate on completion of the project.
How do I find out more information about what is happening on site?
There are a number of ways to find out about what is happening on site. You can contact the project team in a number of ways, including by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 0800 298 7040, or filling in the form on the Contact Us form here.
We hold monthly Construction Update Webinars (due to Government guidance during the Covid-19 Pandemic) for the local community living around Blossom Street. These are usually held on the last Thursday of every month, with details issued via email and letter a few weeks beforehand.
Our contractors also provide regular newsletters and email updates to those who subscribe to our mailing list and neighbouring residents. We are publishing these monthly, after the Construction Update Webinars.
Social media updates will be posted regularly via the project’s Twitter account: @BlossomStreetE1.
If you have noticed anything on site, you can also contact construction director, Francis Breen, who can be contacted on 07971 439328.