New milestone at Aberfeldy Village, Poplar as Mayor of Tower Hamlets officially opens the linear park
Aberfeldy Village in Poplar, E14 achieved another important milestone this week when John Biggs, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, officially opened the new linear park that runs through the heart of the development.
Prime Place and Poplar HARCA, the joint venture partners who are developing Aberfeldy Village, hosted a reception to mark the occasion. The large number of guests included Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse; senior executives from the partners and Tower Hamlets Council; representatives of the residents and other stakeholders in this £250m regeneration project.
Aberfeldy Village is transforming the Aberfeldy area into a vibrant new neighbourhood with a wide range of homes and community facilities. It is the largest regeneration in this part of London and will, when complete, provide more than 1,100 homes.
Cutting a symbolic ribbon and unveiling a plaque on a park bench to mark the occasion, the Mayor said: “It is very good to see the continuing regeneration of the Aberfeldy area and the excellent work being carried out by the partners Poplar HARCA and Prime Place, with the support of Tower Hamlets Council.”
Brian Brady, managing director of developer Prime Place, commented: “This is another important step forward for Aberfeldy Village. As well as delivering high-quality affordable and private homes, we recognise that attractive landscaping is an integral part of creating a thriving new neighbourhood. I hope that the linear park will give pleasure to residents and the wider community for many years to come.”
Steve Stride, chief executive of Poplar HARCA, added: “It’s fantastic to see our regeneration plans for Aberfeldy take shape and to celebrate our progress with our partners involved. We’d like to thank our community whose ideas have helped us to develop the park and look forward to them enjoying this new open space.”
The linear park, designed by award-winning architects Levitt Bernstein, forms a green spine throughout the development. It is lined by vibrant liquidamber trees and carefully-selected planting provides a splash of colour year round. There are open expanses of grass and park benches, where residents can relax and socialise, and a children’s play area. To protect and encourage wildlife, a diversity strategy is being developed with the Wildlife Trust and will create new habitats.
More than 300 homes at Aberfeldy Village are now occupied. Phase two is well underway and will deliver 219 new private and affordable homes. The majority of homes are studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with some family-sized accommodation for affordable housing – 40 per cent of these homes will be completed by the end of 2016.
In November 2015, Tower Hamlets Borough Council granted detailed planning consent for a further 344 homes, including 82 homes for social rent and shared ownership, together with a health centre, community centre, retail space and a new public square. Work is expected to start on phase three in autumn 2016.
For more information on Aberfeldy Village, visit www.primeplace.co.uk.