Overlooked for decades, Whitechapel is arguably the area to watch as the arrival of Crossrail approaches. Not just residing close to the financial district, it also rubs shoulders with some of East London’s most revamped and sought-after areas, such as Spitalfields, Shoreditch and Bethnal Green.
However, finding properties to buy in the area is a bit more of a challenge which is why the local authority has an ambitious Whitechapel Vision Masterplan which sets out a strategy for growth reposition of the area after the introduction of Crossrail in 2018. Identifying the need for 3,500 new homes, 5000 new jobs, 7 new public squares and open spaces in addition to a destination and leisure centre on Whitechapel Road, all of which will be delivered by 2025. A first step towards creating a new civic hub, is the relocation of the Town Hall into the Old Royal London hospital site.
With a colourful history, Whitechapel’s streets could all tell a story. Georgian garden squares, converted factories, 1970s housing and the arrival of high rise living to the west by Aldgate.
Some of the current approved proposals are for 500+ units on the Safestore site by the hospital and a further 600+ units behind Sainsbury’s off Cambridge Heath Road. With many more schemes in the pipeline, Whitechapel is poised for exciting times ahead.
Gallery 46 – Whitechapel
The new space, established through the partnership of Martin J Tickner and Sean McLusky and Fruitmachine founders, Martin Bell & Wai Hung Young breaks fresh ground for the open-source, non-conformist curatorial approach Tickner and McLusky employed at their (rightly) notorious MEN Gallery, in Shoreditch.
Housed in a pair of newly renovated Georgian houses in the grounds of Whitechapel Hospital, GALLERY 46 is set over 3 floors and 8 rooms and is a kaleidoscopic addition to Whitechapel’s burgeoning gallery scene and close by its artistic heart, the Whitechapel Gallery.