13 Norton Folgate building on the corner of Norton Folgate and Folgate Street in London E1.

13 Norton Folgate building on the corner of Norton Folgate and Folgate Street in London E1.

May 2011
Blossom Street development and 5-7 Folgate Street building.

Blossom Street development and 5-7 Folgate Street building.

February 2020
Norton Folgate side of the Blossom Street development.

Norton Folgate side of the Blossom Street development.

February 2020
Considerate Constructors banner at Blossom Street development on Shoredith High Street in London E1. Client: The British Land Company plc. Principal Contractor: Cantillon Ltd.

Considerate Constructors banner at Blossom Street development on Shoredith High Street in London E1. Client: The British Land Company plc. Principal Contractor: Cantillon Ltd.

February 2020
Blossom Street development CGI

Blossom Street development CGI

Source: www.blossomstreet-e1.co.uk

Blossom Street

Blossom Street, London E1 6PL
Local Authority:
Tower Hamlets
Mixed use

Description of Blossom Street

Blossom Street is a new development in Spitalfields, London E1.

Blossom Street is a regeneration area in Spitalfields close to the Shoreditch Tech City and the core City of London market, comprising three sites and being developed in partnership with the Corporation of London.

The plans, developed by architects AHMM, will deliver a total of 347,000 sq ft comprising office space, 13 new retail units and 40 new apartments. The various elements would be integrated through two new areas of public space, totaling 15,000 sq ft, and would be accessible via a new pedestrian route running from Commercial Street to Shoreditch High Street.

The development will provide:
• 33,040m2 of commercial space
• 4,000m2 of residential space (40 apartments)
• 3,550m2 of retail space
• 1,400m2 of the public realm

The existing buildings, which include partially vacant warehousing and commercial space, are reconnected through a mix of refurbishment, extension and redevelopment.

British Land appointed AHMM to oversee the design of the site, which sits within the Elder Street Conservation Area. The proposals, developed in consultation with local amenity groups and residents, seek to integrate the new buildings with their surroundings through sensitive and sympathetic architecture, with much of the important historical fabric retained or restored.

Alongside AHMM, award-winning architects Duggan Morris, DSDHA and Stanton Williams were appointed on specific elements to ensure design variation, in keeping with the character of the wider area.

AHMM, Duggan Morris and DSDHA, collectively developed plans for the collection of buildings fronting onto Shoreditch High Street, bounded by Blossom Street, Folgate Street and Fleur De Lis Passage. The plans show a re-purposing of the existing warehouse units as modern office space, with floor plates ranging from 500 sq ft to 20,000 sq ft, intended to attract occupiers from across the burgeoning TMT sector, from mature corporates to start-up businesses.

The plans include provision for a wide range of retail, café and restaurant uses at street level, aimed at independent operators, intended to complement the mix at the nearby Spitalfields Market and the vibrant Shoreditch area to the north.

Stanton Williams led the design of proposals for the adjacent area, north of Fleur De Lis Street. The proposals include the conversion and refurbishment of the locally listed Elder Street warehouse, creating studio offices with retail at street level.

The design of the third plot, led by AHMM, is informed by the existing Georgian houses on Elder Street and Fleur De Lis Street, with 40 apartments, including on-site affordable, shaped around a courtyard.


2019 November - Planning application submitted for Loom Court Plot S3. Bounded by Blossom Street to the west, Elder Street to the East; Fleur De Lis Street to the north and existing developments to the south, including housing on Elder Street and the Point A Hotel on Blossom Street. The site had been occupied by Loom Court, an existing 1970’s office building.

2014 December - British Land submits planning application for Blossom Street site, E1

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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
Shoreditch High Street Rail Station
Shoreditch High Street Rail Station
Elder Street

News: (12)

The next update webinar for the Blossom Street development update takes place on Thursday 25th February 2021.

The Skanska and British Land project team will be available to respond to any queries and provide information on the Blossom Street project works.

Visit blossomstreet-e1.co.uk for more information on how to book your place at the webinar.

22/02/2021 11:51 by Buildington
Main contractor appointed

Skanska has been appointed as the main contractor for the £180 million Blossom Street development.

Work will start in early 2021 and complete in 2023. Skanska will renovate existing warehouses and construct new space to create eight new buildings on the site. It is located a short walk from Liverpool Street Station and just behind Spitalfields Market.

Once completed, the development will provide 336,000 sqft of commercial, retail and public space.

Steve Holbrook, Managing Director at Skanska, said: “I am proud to work with British Land to deliver this exciting project – that will breathe life into this historic part of London, ultimately creating new places to live, enjoy and work, and jobs that will support the local economy.

“Our early engagement has seen us develop the strong relationships needed to understand the bespoke requirements of this project. In addition, our experts developed solutions for the mechanical, electrical and public health services and we created a bespoke solution for the precast façade, shaving three months off the build time.”

Nigel Webb, Head of Development at British Land, commented: “We are committed to creating places that support the communities in which we operate. This means working with partners like Skanska who share our values and have a team of experts that can help us to deliver modern, sustainable buildings that provide vibrant workspaces, promote wellbeing and have flexibility built into the design to adapt to future needs.”

The design and plans for Blossom Street were coordinated by AHMM architects, who worked with three additional architectural practices to help create a variety of styles that complement the surrounding area.

24/12/2020 19:23 by Buildington
Planning Application Drop-in Session

British Land is inviting you to a drop-in session to discuss the proposals for the Loom Court (also known as Site 3) Planning Application, which has been validated by Tower Hamlets Council. Get answers to any outstanding questions you may have.

The application seeks permission for the retention of Loom Court and construction of a part 4, 5 and 6 storey building to deliver 3,644sqm of office (Use Class B1) and 141sqm of retail (Use Class A1/A3) together with associated landscaping and plant. The new building has been designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris architects.

The validated Application including all associated documentation can be found on the online planning portal, searching for application reference: PA/19/01608/A1. You can access the planning portal at https://development.towerhamlets.gov.uk/online-applications/.

The drop-in session will be held at Loom Court, 14-22 Elder Street, E1 6BT on Thursday 16th January 2020, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

03/01/2020 09:15 by Buildington
Progress Update

At Blossom Street, all demolition is now complete and the groundwork activities have started.

Archaeological excavation works are near completion at Shoreditch High Street and backfilling works are taking place ahead of the future piling activities.

The 16 Norton Folgate temporary works have been installed to support the retained elements. Archaeological excavation works will start in November.

The façade retention steelwork on Commercial Street is being installed this month prior to demolition.

Read more from the community update by Cantillon for November 2019 at blossomstreet-e1.co.uk.

20/11/2019 16:35 by Buildington
Site 3 Public Consultation

British Land is exploring the potential for an office-led scheme at the Loom Court site and neighbouring depot building (site 3).

The proposals include retaining and refurbishing the existing Loom Court building, along with a new build element where the depot building was on Blossom Street.

British Land would like your feedback and will be holding two drop-in sessions at Loom Court, 14-22 Elder Street, E1 6BT:

Thursday 16th May 2019, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 18th May 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Visit blossomstreet-e1.co.uk to find out more.

09/05/2019 18:08 by Buildington
Construction Update

Construction Update Meeting takes place on Thursday 25th April 2019. For details please visit the development website at blossomstreet-e1.co.uk.

Hoarding set up and lighting to the scaffold gantry on Shoreditch High Street continues on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April and possibly the next weekend after that, too.

25/04/2019 06:15 by Buildington

The next Construction Update Meeting takes place on Thursday 28th March 2019.

This is a further opportunity for the community to receive an update regarding the project, including details on the development programme and other information on the construction over the next few months.

The team will be joined by the site contractor to answer questions on the construction and communications programme.

For more details about this event please visit blossomstreet-e1.co.uk.

18/03/2019 07:49 by Buildington

Contractor Cantillon is preparing Loom Court building to be used as offices for the site team ahead of the imminent commencement of works on site in February 2019. This will involve the removal of internal fixtures and fittings to enable the internal partition walls to be installed and the subsequent decoration of facilities.

The full update regarding ongoing activity around Blossom Street is available at blossomstreet-e1.co.uk.

22/01/2019 17:29 by Buildington

The Blossom Street Development is planning to commence in February 2019. Cantillon Limited will be moving onto the site to facilitate the construction works.

See more at blossomstreet-e1.co.uk.

20/12/2018 14:39 by Buildington

British Land will make a decision on the Blossom Street development before the end of this calendar year.

They have consent for a 340,000 sq ft mixed use development, integrating 258,000 sq ft of character office space, with retail and residential, to create a mixed-use development, that builds on the historic fabric of the area, which expires in February 2019. The plans envisage a mix of floorplates, to appeal to small and growing businesses, particularly in the technology and creative sectors, with the potential for some space to be allocated to Storey.

Source: British Land Company plc Full Year Results 2018, year ended 31 March 2018 britishland.com.

17/05/2018 09:43 by Buildington

At Blossom Street, the Court of Appeal ruled in November that the planning permission for the proposed development could not be legally challenged, bringing the planning process to a successful conclusion. British Land will continue discussions with potential occupiers to secure a sufficient level of pre-lets before committing to the scheme.

Source: The British Land Company PLC Half Year Results 2016/17 www.britishland.com 16.11.2016

17/11/2016 09:28 by Buildington

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