Full Stratford Centre facelift plans unveiled
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Almost 600 flats could be created as part of a major overhaul designed to re-generate the Stratford Centre.
Full details of the planned transformation of Stratford Island have now been unveiled.
The iconic shoal fronting the shopping centre’s eastern entrance could be removed and replaced with a line of trees, while five floors would be added to the currently vacant Morgan House to create a mixture of flats and retail units, topped with a rooftop garden.
A 42-storey building, 25-storey building and a three-storey podium building would provide further retail and residential use.
Communal terraces will be included in all residential blocks, with plants and decking along with pergolas offering shelter to make the space usable all year round.
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A new 1,835m² public square would lie at the heart of the development, if the plans are given the green light by Newham Council.
About 350 new jobs would be created at the sleek new-look Stratford Centre, which would be re-clad in aluminium panels.
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Green initiatives include a cycle route connecting Meridian Square with the shopping centre at the northern part of the site and the addition of “green roofs” to the Great Eastern Tower and podium roofs to absorb rain run-off and increase the biodiversity.
Speaking when the initial plans were first revealed last month, Stratford Centre manager Andrew Norton said the proposals would “help Stratford to keep pace with the development happening in the wider area, while at the same time retaining its essential East End character”.
More than 300 people visited a four-day public exhibition to gather feedback on the plans, with 53 per cent responding postively to the proposals.