Crossrail ‘master plan’ unveiled to boost Whitechapel

Down 'The Waste'... Whitechapel's famous market

Down 'The Waste'... Whitechapel's famous market - Credit: THCouncil

Ambitious plans have been announced to revamp Whitechapel in London’s East End when the new Crossrail ‘super tube’ line opens in 2018.

Whitechapel area of proposed Master Plan

Whitechapel area of proposed Master Plan - Credit: THC

The Whitechapel Vision project unveiled yesterday by Tower Hamlets council is the start of preparations for a ‘master plan’ of the neighbourhood.

“This project will help elevate Whitechapel,” claimed Mayor Lutfur Rahman. “The arrival of Crossrail means Whitechapel being better connected, bringing investment and showing what the East End has to offer.”

The award-winning BDP urban design practice is inviting the community over the coming months to share ideas for the area, to produce a cohesive plan that would influence town planning for decades.

This involves families, businesses, places of worship, housing agencies, landowners, the Royal London Hospital and Queen Mary’s College.


• Whitechapel Gallery, opened in 1901, international contemporary art

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• Whitechapel Bell Foundry, cast Big Ben and America’s Liberty Bell, oldest registered company in Britain, 16th century

• East London Mosque, regularly attracts 5,000 worshippers

• Whitechapel Market, known as ‘The Waste,’ part of £20m ‘High Street 2012’ Olympic legacy linking Aldgate to Stratford

• Royal London Hospital, established as Whitechapel Infirmary 250 years ago, now base for London’s air ambulance

• Whitechapel Idea Store, revolutionised public library and learning centre

• Queen Mary University, part of University of London, world-class research institution, especially medicine and law

• Jack the Ripper’s 1888 Whitechapel Murders