1 South Tenter Street

1988–9, house | Part of 34–60 Scarborough Street and 1 South Tenter Street

34–60 Scarborough Street and 1 South Tenter Street
Contributed by Survey of London on Aug. 4, 2020

Part of the block to the east across St Mark Street belonged to the Co- operative Wholesale Society by 1934, and after severe bomb damage and clearance the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) had purchased the whole block by 1948, it being adjacent to other CWS premises east and south. The site was used as the CWS’s car park; if there were plans to build they did not materialize. It was still in use as the Tenter Street Car Park in 1975 by when the CWS was disengaging from Whitechapel.1

Permission for residential development was granted in October 1980. In the context of the GLC’s Community Areas Policy, as at 2–32 Scarborough Street, a scheme funded through the Housing Corporation, put forward through the Oxford House Housing Association, and designed by Levitt Bernstein Associates as a row of four houses and a four-storey block of flats was approved in 1984. However, this was not taken forward and the project was revised in 1986–7 by Hastwell Associates, architects. Buildings went up in 1988–9 through J. A. Elliott Ltd of Bishops Stortford, builders, as three houses at 34 and 36 Scarborough Street and 1 South Tenter Street, and a pair of blocks of flats, twelve in all, at 38–60 Scarborough Street. They have polychrome brick elevations with timber bays and hipped roofs. Management passed to the Gateway Housing Association, the successor to the Bethnal Green and East London Housing Association. One of several attractive octagonal nineteenth-century bollards in the Tenter Ground stands on the corner north-west of this development.2

  1. London Metropolitan Archives, GLC/AR/BR/17/077326/02; GLC/AR/BR/07/2914; GLC/AR/BR/17/077204; SC/PHL/01/398/75/6096; Collage 120161 

  2. Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, Building Control file 23558: Tower Hamlets planning applications online