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More towering blocks for heart of London's cramped East End

PUBLISHED: 20:50 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

How Goodman's Field in London's East End could look by 2012

How Goodman's Field in London's East End could look by 2012

Miller Hare Limited

SIX more skyscrapers are planned for a City Fringe' district as part of East London's rejuvenation in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics. The towers will dominate Whitechapel's skyline behind the Commercial-road, if they get the green light from town planners. Developers want to open up the former Goodman's Field goodsyard site in Alie-street which for the past 25 years has been one of London's largest impermeable' sites

Mike Brooke

SIX more skyscrapers are planned for a 'City Fringe' district as part of East London's rejuvenation in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

The towers will dominate Whitechapel's skyline behind the Commercial-road, if they get the green light from town planners.

Developers want to open up the former Goodman's Field goodsyard site in Alie-street which for the past 25 years has been one of London's largest 'impermeable' sites.

The plans 'reintroduce' street connections to enable people to walk and cycle through the area for the first time since 1983, when the old goodsyard was redeveloped the first time round.

Developers this time want to lay out three new public squares, each with its own distinctive character and function, on land previously occupied by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

'Park Square' focuses mainly on active play, while 'Town Square' is a civic space and 'Garden Square' a quiet garden area.

The development would include a health centre, shops, cafes, bars, studios and offices for smaller businesses.

A third of the site may be allocated to public open space-but the area will be dominated by six towers that will rival the nearby Royal London Hospital high-rise development now half-way through construction.

Plans for Goodman's Fields have been submitted to Tower Hamlets council by Exemplar Developments, which stages a three-day public exhibition at Whitechapel's Davenant Centre on September 4, 5 and 6.

The objective is to make the most of the prime location just 10 minutes walk from the Tower of London.

This will include four courtyard buildings of five to 10 storeys each and six towers reaching up 22 to 28 storeys, housing 822 flats. Hotel and student accommodation is also included.

The application is being considered by Tower Hamlets town planners towards the end of the year.

In the meantime, details can be viewed on the Goodman's Fields website www.goodmansfields.com

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