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Whitechapel Masterplan


Location Client Completion
London, UK London Borough of Tower Hamlets 2013

Project details

Following completion of proposals for the new Whitechapel Crossrail station, BDP was appointed to develop a 15-year regeneration vision to stimulate economic development and physical growth in the area, which is one of the most deprived in London. This new vision for Whitechapel was adopted as planning policy as the Whitechapel Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document.

As a result of the planned Crossrail investment, the area faced significant development pressure and the masterplan provides an overarching framework to piece development sites together and ensure high-quality placemaking that would enhance its character. The policy framework seeks to respond positively to the rich architectural heritage including a wide range of listed buildings and conservation areas.

The Whitechapel Masterplan provides for 3,500 new homes, community facilities, seven new public parks and spaces, and a new university and commercial campus which will create around 5,000 jobs. The plan also seeks to create a more cycle and pedestrian-friendly environment.

Extensive consultation with the community and key stakeholders was undertaken. Initial engagement sought to capture the issues and aspirations of various stakeholders through a variety of different engagement methods, including meetings, workshops, a project website, postcards and press releases.


  • supplementary planning document
  • area vision and masterplan
  • community consultation


  • highly commended, Strategic Planning category, 2014 Planning Awards
  • finalist, Excellence in Plan Making Practice category, 2015 RTPI Awards

Integrated services

planning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture