Altab Ali Park in Whitechapel set to benefit from a �600,000 make-over

Tower Hamlets council has announced the results of a public consultation which will help to transform Altab Ali Park with work set to start on March 14.

The park, off Whitechapel High Street, is set to receive a �600,000 make-over, funded through the Department for Communities and Local Government and Design for London.

It is benefiting from the High Street 2012 initiative, which seeks to improve the A11/A12 thoroughfare which links the City to the Olympic Park in Stratford.

Design features at the revamped park, named after a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man who was murdered in 1978, include refurbishing the water fountain and arch which commemorate his death.

A new entrance will be created at Adler Street and the area surrounding the Shaheed Minar, a monument in the park commemorating the Bengali Language Movement, will be improved with new lighting, paths and groves of silver birch and pine trees.

New signs detailing the history of the site are to be added as well as art features including Portland stones carved by students to illustrate the site’s archaeology.

It housed the 14th century St Mary Matfelon Church, otherwise know as the White Chapel, which gave the area its name.

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Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “Users of Altab Ali Park will benefit greatly from this project and I am pleased to know that the work will be starting very soon.”

The park will close on Monday to allow the works to go ahead, which are due to be completed in June.