TQ3880 : A moribund Robin Hood Gardens, Woolmore Street

taken 3 months ago, near to Poplar, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

A moribund Robin Hood Gardens, Woolmore Street
A moribund Robin Hood Gardens, Woolmore Street
The protracted death throes of the Smithson estate are finally nearing their end (TQ3880 : Robin Hood Gardens, Robin Hood Lane (1)). Redevelopment of the site has been on the cards for at least ten years. Campaigns to have it listed have failed; a succession of starchitects proclaiming the estate to be the best building since the Parthenon have left the powers that be unmoved. As to what the current residents think, you can find an opinion poll to support demolition and another to preserve the estate. The western block (here) is now empty and largely boarded up behind hoardings; the eastern will follow in a few months. The pile of rubble in front was Anderson House, a 1950s block at the north of the site.
The replacement development, Blackwall Reach, looks to be offering bog-standard fare, in many ways inferior to RHG, but will at least have the merit of providing more housing than is being demolished. That is a novelty. It seems unlikely, however, that many current residents will be able to remain in the area. One would not have to be overly cynical to suspect that that is not an accident.
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Date Taken
Monday, 18 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 8 October, 2017
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3821 8086 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.5864N 0:0.5881W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3822 8092
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