An office block in Stratford is quickly coming down as work moves ahead on a student tower with 716 rooms near the station.
Demolition begun in April. I recently travelled to Stratford to take photos of a number of sites and chanced upon this site halfway through coming down.
Thus I ended up taking about 50 photos from both the station, nearby footbridge and street beside.
Firstly from the station which shows how close it is. One curious little detail here at the end of Stratford platforms is that Jubilee line passengers can use a footbridge but DLR passengers cannot. It exists but no customer access. Staff only.
Perhaps it will be opened when new DLR trains with greater capacity begin running from next year? I doubt it though.
Then it was onto a nearby footbridge which would see dust clouds in the eye every few seconds.
Offered a good view though.
Incidentally work on a new station entrance at Stratford – which will reduce the need to use this footbridge – is making slow progress.
Perhaps another post on that soon.
Then around to beside the tower on Great Eastern Road.
Jubilee House won’t be lamented by many with its tiresome Po-Mo 1980s design on a main corner site.
Then again this block will hardly be bringing out the bunting and party poppers in celebration.
Dull is the word. The base seems decent enough though.
Existing towers in this particular area are poor at street level and the whole area seems disjointed.
There’s a lack of active frontages at street level with a tower opposite ignoring the streetline. Instead it has a “public space” which is pretty much dead space.
Stratford has a poor recent history of street frontages at new developments. Head down Stratford High Street for a great example of how not to do it. The London Legacy Development Corporation havn’t done a great job in places.
Anyway, with funding agreed the newest Stratford tower should start rising in 2024.