Algha Works & Swan Wharf
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Photograph from “At the Algha Spectacle Works” Spitalfields Life June 10 2011
© the gentle author

Tom Ridge has written an EEWG letter of objection 28 April 2016 to a proposed rooftop addition.  Please read the letter and sign the online petition.


Algha Works is London’s finest surviving example of the flat-roofed, multi-storey printing works.  With its tall, stallboard lights, deep light wells and distinctive flat roof with ventilation stacks (and other flat-roofed brick structures) the 1908 building is a regionally-important non-designated heritage asset and makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Fish Island & White Post Lane Conservation Area.

We, the undersigned, object to Application No. 16/00102/FUL as the proposed single-storey addition covering most of the flat roof would seriously harm the character and appearance of Algha Works and the conservation area.

We, therefore, ask the London Legacy Development Corporation to refuse this planning application.


In the same conservation area, near Old Ford Locks, is Swan Wharf with its remarkable 1906-12 stable block which is to be reduced to two-and-a-half walls in a gross overdevelopment in the most attractive part of the conservation area.  East End Waterway Group and others have been objecting to this for two years and there is now a fourth consultation. Please read Tom Ridge’s latest EEWG letter of objection 7 June 2016.

Petition Text

We the undersigned object to PA/14/00262/FUL as it would contravene LLDC and other national planning policies (with regard to preservation of heritage assets in a conservation area) by:

  • demolishing the 1906-12 three-storey stable block at Swan Wharf (except for the two outer walls seen from Dace Road) and erecting a much wider and taller building on the site and a large part of the yard.
  • erecting a large four-storey building in the yard at Swan Wharf, directly alongside the 1904 engineering workshop and forge by the River Lea.
  • removing the wall crane from the cantilevered steel frame of the former barge loading canopy near Old Ford Locks, and inserting three balconies.

We are in favour of regeneration and additional workspace in the Fish Island & White Post Lane Conservation Area and in conformity with LLDC and all other relevant policies, we expect that:

  • the three-storey stable block is repaired and adapted for flexible workspace on all three floors.
  • the yard is “retained for creative and productive uses”.
  • the wall crane is retained and the integrity of the former barge loading canopy is not compromised by the insertion of balconies.

As an alternative to signing the petition it would also be a great help if you or your organisation (especially if it only objected to the first consultation) would write a short letter of objection to the LLDC, outlining objections and stating that you want the stable block “fully restored and reused” as required by the LLDC’s own Local Plan.

Tom Ridge
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