Mayor of London Boris Johnson has granted British Land permission to replace Norton Folgate’s Victorian warehouses with brand spanking new offices. The developer had been locked in a battle against both Tower Hamlets council and campaign group Spitalfields Trust, which both wanted to renovate the historic, but derelict, buildings.
British Land can get down to work right away, and it’s got plenty of it to get through. The firm plans to demolish many of the existing structures, and erect a series of new office blocks, as well as flats and shops. While it appreciates the historic value of the properties in question, the developer maintains that it's undertaking the project for the greater good, and should create office space for up to 2,400 SMB workers. [Construction Enquirer]