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enhance the existing character of the borough through the quality of the architecture and the materials used and of course, vital transport connections. With the help of the charter and our policies and strong political commitment, we are moving in the right direction.” This commitment to maintaining and raising design standards in both buildings and spaces is inspired by a desire to improve people’s lives wherever they live in the borough. Affordable housing, desirable retail and restaurants, cinemas, galleries, open spaces, cycle lanes and effective transport and traffic flow are just some of the objectives. The borough is already home to a number of iconic architectural buildings, which have undergone extensive redevelopment to preserve the essence of their past.

Right: The William Morris Gallery is Grade II*-listed and attracts thousands every month since it reopened its doors in 2012.

The Grade II*-listed William Morris Gallery is another local gem with a strong heritage and history. Reopening in 2012, it offers transformed gallery spaces, new education facilities and an orangery-inspired extension overlooking the beautiful Lloyd Park. Awarded the prestigious title of Museum of the Year in 2013, the defining cultural landmark is a major attraction for both locals and tourists in what was once the childhood home of one of its most famous residents. Vestry House in Walthamstow Village, once housing the parish workhouse – and later a police station – is another iconic landmark brought back to life. It now boasts a collection of 80,000 historic photographs from across the borough. Both projects are enhancing and inspiring the lives of the local community and contribute significantly to improving perceptions of the area. Looking ahead to future regeneration, the campaign to redevelop Whipps Cross Hospital into a world-class

Design in focus

“It’s not so much about increasing the number of these homes but preserving and recognising their historic value,” explains Shomali. “These sought-after properties are popular because they’re flats or half houses and from the street

“With housing in such demand in London and the outer boroughs, it is clear to see how this style of housing works so well alongside 21st century challenges,” she adds.

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Ensuring old and new developments sit comfortably side-by-side is seen as a crucial part of improving the environment. In close proximity to the town hall, good quality workers’ housing, built in the late 19th and early 20th century, makes up The Warner Estate, properties which are a lasting and distinctive part of Waltham Forest’s landscape.

they look like traditional Victorian houses. But they are cleverly designed, with the ground floor door and your neighbour’s door next to each other.

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Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.

Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.