Local primary school students share their vision for Aldgate Place
Young artists have shared their own designs for the Aldgate Place development with the world via a very public display on the development's hoarding in Whitechapel.
The inspiration for the gallery began back in July, when Barratt London’s Aldgate Place team invited 24 students from local primary Canon Barnett School to visit the development. The students had been learning about the history of the site at the Tower Hamlets Archive, which showed them how the area has changed since the 1800s, and the construction team were happy to give the students a private tour. This week their imaginative and colourful designs were unveiled and published on the hoarding for the world to admire. The students also visited Barratt London’s Altitude tower, where they were able to enjoy great views across the ever-changing city skyline.
As early as the 2nd Century, Aldgate was one of the ancient gateways into the Capital and, although the gate no longer stands, the area has since welcomed a cosmopolitan hub for Londoners and visitors alike. Diverse industries thrived here, as they visibly do today – in the local Markets of Petticoat Lane, Columbia Road and Spitalfields.
Aldgate’s regeneration is helping transform perceptions of the one of London’s most ancient districts into a highly desirable residential neighbourhood.