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New commission to guarantee new-builds are beautiful
Housing secretary James Brokenshire has launched a commission to promote better design and style of homes.
It will develop practical measures to make sure that new developments meet the needs and expectations of communities so that they are more likely to be welcomed than resisted.
Essential Living founder joins London firm
Former Essential Living chief operating officer Martin Bellinger has been named chairman of London developer-contractor Guildmore.
Bellinger joins Guildmore as exec chairman
One of the founding directors of Essential Living has landed a new role at residential developer-contractor Guildmore.
Poplar Baths refurbishment wins architecture prize at New London Awards 2017
Poplar Baths reopens after closing its doors nearly 30 years ago
The grade two listed building in East India Dock Road is restored to its former glory and boasts an Art Deco entrance lobby, sports hall, pools and a cafe. Read more
Sika’s concrete repair system proves vital in landmark Victorian building’s 21st Century transformation
A Grade II-listed Victorian building once home to public baths for London’s poor has been transformed into a state-of-the-art leisure centre, with global product supplier Sika providing the anti-corrosive concrete repair system to ensure the safe conversion and long-term conservation of the historic structure. Read more
Poplar Baths by Pringle Richards Sharratt
Poplar Baths in London’s East End is a historic example of state architecture used to improve public health. But to preserve this listed building, the project team had to demolish part of it and rebuild through a PPP agreement
The obvious principle of conservation is to conserve as much historic fabric as possible. It comes as a surprise therefore to come across a major refurbishment project of a locally loved grade II-listed building where English Heritage permitted half of the building to be demolished. Demolition is rarely seen as the most sustainable redevelopment option but this was identified as the only strategy that could deliver the wholesale renovation so desperately needed at Poplar Baths in London’s East End, a building that had stood empty for almost 30 years. Read more
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Poplar Baths Leisure Centre
After standing empty and forlorn for nearly 30 years, Poplar Baths Leisure Centre was officially opened to the public on August 13th by Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs.
The building itself opened in 1934 and remained a much loved local landmark until its closure in 1986 after a section of the ceiling fell into the pool hall. The building fell into dereliction and faced a real threat of demolition, but with the support of the public and local community, the building was awarded Grade II listed status and entered onto the English Heritage ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register in 2001.
Poplar Baths Leisure Centre
Ocean Estate and Limehouse Fields Community Fun Day.
Guildmore attended the Community Fun Day on 5th September at Sandy Park, Sandy Street, London, E1 4RW, organised by Tower Hamlets Council.
There were 350-400 local residents that turned up. Guildmore was proud to be among over 20 local statutory and community organisations, who attended to offer advice and support.