Children at Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar see Olympic murals painted on estate

PUBLISHED: 16:41 24 July 2012 | UPDATED: 16:58 24 July 2012

Amina Begum Ullah who took third prize with Jan Kusters

Amina Begum Ullah who took third prize with Jan Kusters


Children and young people from a famous housing estate in Poplar saw their Olympic murals painted onto walls enclosing their sports area.

Employees from Dutch company De Lage Landen came from their offices around the world to paint the murals at Robin Hood Gardens last Friday.

Youngsters aged eight to 18 had entered a competition to depict their aspirations for the London Olympics and regeneration of their area.

The winner was Rahikul Islam who won a £250 Westfield Vouchers. The second prize went to Shayma Ahmed, who got a £150 voucher, while a third prize of a £100 voucher was handed to Amina Begum Ullah.

Robin Hood Gardens is set to be knocked down but it is understood the murals will remain for at least six years.

The estate is being replaced with up to 1,575 new homes, as part of plans for the surrounding Blackwall Reach area.

The competition was organized by the Swan Foundation, the charitable arm of Swan Housing which manages the estate.

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