Whitechapel Public Realm & Open Space Guidance (WPROSG)

23 June 2017

In September 2016 the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) published the Whitechapel Public Realm & Open Space Guidance.

The purpose of this guidance is to help deliver high quality, attractive, functioning public realm and open spaces as set out in the 2013 adopted Whitechapel Vision Masterplan. LBTH commissioned muf architecture as lead consultant, working with J+L Gibbons, Civic Engineers, Robert Bevan, Daisy Froud and Artelia to produce the guidance.

Given the scale and scope of significant change forecast for Whitechapel, and an already large (residential, academic and working) population, it was important to commission a detailed and updated strategy for the public realm for Whitechapel to guide this change.

The consideration of the public realm ‘beyond the plan’, is essential in this study so that the multiple influences shaping the area (whether Crossrail, QMUL, Civic Centre or residential developers) do so in a coherent way.


Put together by a multi-disciplinary team, this guidance looks at the many layers that affect the public realm in order to contribute to the flourishing of Whitechapel. These layers include: existing guidances, existing uses and communities, site history, historic assets, green infrastructure, biodiversity, micro-climate, movement, development to come, ownership, adjacencies, and the complex negotiations that enable these to work together.

The bespoke recommendations for the design of all public realm in Whitechapel set out in this guidance are intended as a strategic tool to help steer the Borough’s objectives through a state of great change.

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