Plans for former Upton Centre site to go on display

25 November 2016 in Regeneration
Newham residents will get their first look at the plans for the redevelopment of the former Upton Centre site at a special public exhibition next month.
The proposals, drawn up by Steven Taylor Architects Ltd, will be on display in Green Street and Plaistow libraries from Monday 12 December to Saturday 17 December.

The plans include a community centre, nursery and affordable housing on the Claude Road location, which were among the key issues highlighted by local residents during a public consultation last year on the future use of the site.

The views expressed by residents during the public exhibition will help shape a planning application for the site that is scheduled to be submitted early next year.

The exhibition will be on display in the libraries throughout the week with members of the Plaistow Community Neighbourhood Team available at both venues to answer any questions from residents.

Representatives of the architects will be available to discuss the proposals at:
  • Plaistow Library between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Monday 12 December and 12.30pm and 1.45pm on Saturday 17 December. 
  • Green Street Library between 6pm and 7pm on Monday 12 December and between 2.15pm and 3.30pm on Saturday 17 December.

Newham Council was forced to close the centre in 2014 after specialist engineers advised the boilers were no longer compliant and the heating system could not be used. It supported the 16 groups who were using the centre at the time to find alternative accommodation while a review of the building was carried out.

A survey by independent surveyors and engineers found the centre needed a significant amount of work to bring it back into use in the short term. It would cost £3.5 million to make the centre fit for community use for an additional 15 to 20 years.

Following a six week public consultation last year the council decided to close the centre and develop proposals for the future use of the site. The centre was demolished this summer.

Lead member for Plaistow, Councillor Hanif Abdulmuhit, said: “Closing the Upton Centre was not a decision that was taken lightly – but the building was not fit for purpose.

“We have always been committed to making the best use of the site to meet the needs of the local community. This public exhibition is a key step in helping towards achieving this ambition and I urge as many people as possible to go along and see and find out more about the proposals.”