Families enjoy end of £220m revamp on Stepney’s Ocean Estate
PUBLISHED: 16:16 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:16 19 August 2013
Families on the biggest housing estate in London’s East End made a day of it to celebrate the end of four years of noisy building work.
The 2,000 households on Stepney’s Ocean Estate had a community party after getting through a massive regeneration programme with fun activities for children on Saturday.
A model of the whole scheme gave the kids a view of what all the disruption had been about.
The fun day was staged at Shandy Park in Stepney Green by East Thames Group with Bellway Homes which have given a total makeover to the post-war estate first opened in the 1950s.
The £220 million programme given the green light by Tower Hamlets Council with Whitehall urban renewal funding has created 800 new homes in including private, social rent and shared ownership, all added to the existing 1,200 council homes which have been modernised and improved.
The programme has also generated hundreds of jobs and helped many people on the dole find work in construction and other industries.
Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman popped down to the estate to fan the flames of the barbecue and met the families who sighed with relief that all the building work was finally over.