Demolition is getting underway on one of the most difficult to developer sites in the London borough of Tower Hamlets marking the first step of its redevelopment from obsolete council estate to modern housing.
The Currie and Dunkeld Houses on the Aberfeldy Estate stand on a triangular plot sandwiched between East India Dock Road and Abbott Road over looking the A13 flyover making it a tough site in terms of noise and pollution with the outdoor provision for families being particularly difficult.
This also places it to the near immediate north of Barratt's planned development to go on East India Road along with other nearby schemes such as Telehouse, Elektron and New Providence Wharf, all of which are gradually turning into a self contained cluster of tall buildings.
The plans by architect Baily Garner called for a tall building of 22 storeys on the corner of the site overlooking Abbott and East India Dock roads acting as a gateway building. Two other slender towers of 16 and 13 storeys were also planned to rise above a lower-rise block on the southern side of the site that would act as a barrier between the centre of the plot and the heavy passing traffic.
A shorter ten storey block was set to connect to the main tower that stepped down to five storeys as it progressed along Abbott Road tying the scale of the plans in with Blairgowrie Court next door.
In the middle of the site was a landscaped central courtyard complete with a playspace for children and new pedestrian circulation routes.
The plans were largely residential in their nature reflecting the developer, Poplar Harca, with 64 apartments to be rented out socially, 18 apartments with shared ownership and 159 aimed at the private market.
Unfortunately for the development of the estate, the application was withdrawn by the applicant before the council could give it the go-ahead or not. Now with Currie and Dunkeld House both facing imminent demolition there seems to be little waiting in the wings to replace them.