A huge new development of offices, homes and restaurants could soon be coming to Tower Hamlets.
The plans include 170 new homes, a 700-room student halls, a large number of flexible office spaces for small businesses, and green spaces for the public.
Republic office campus in Poplar already has over 650,000 square feet of office space and is planning a huge expansion in the surrounding area.
It would feature a range of cafes, restaurants, gyms and other amenities. The complex would be pitched next to the East India Quay DLR station.
Republic has been asking the public for their thoughts on the project this week, with a survey on which buildings they would most like to see become a reality.
One of the largest structures planned to be built on the site is a new data centre – a space with server rooms, broadband and internet services – for “improving local digital capacity.”
(Image: Simpson Haugh)
The new buildings have been designed by architects Simpson Haugh. Studio RHE, which designed much of the current Republic, will design the public areas.
The data centre will be designed by Nicholas Webb architects.
The Republic project has been put together by Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management.
May Molteno, Trilogy’s Head of Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement said: “ Since Trilogy and LaSalle launched the Import Building at Republic in 2018 the number of people whose job or course is based on this site has close to tripled, from 1,700 to 4,300.
“We’ve also transformed the way that Republic welcomes the wider community with hospitality and amenity, public events and green space.
“Our proposal to diversify the mix of uses on the campus will help us better serve the unique mix of organisations and people that have come to Republic.
“Our focus is on improving upon the work we’ve already done to provide a place that people want to come to for work, relaxation, leisure and learning.
“We’ve come a long way in the six years since we took over the site, and we’d love to hear people’s reaction to our plans for the next phase of Republic.”
She added that the developers have been in consultation with the public in the area about the new plans.
She said: “The consultation has been well received to date with local people sharing their views on the transformation of the site that Phase 1 of the Republic brought and how we can build on this with the next phase.
“We have had more than 400 visitors to our project website and spoken to 100s more via our community volunteers who have been surveying local residents and visitors to the Republic, face to face, over the last three weeks.”
The developers will apply for planning permission to Tower Hamlets Council this autumn.