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Young Urbanists: Tower Hamlets – High Density Living

October 19 @ 18:30 19:30 BST

Tower Hamlets has one of the highest housing targets and rates of delivery in London, with limited land available this frequently takes the form of very high density and tall buildings. The High Density Living Supplementary Planning Document was initiated in response to this and the new London Plan which places emphasis on optimising housing density to deliver homes through a design led approach.

Developed in house, the high density living guidance seeks to provide a clear design vision and set expectations for future development in the borough. We want to ensure that future high density homes and tall buildings support good quality of life for all residents living and working in these buildings. This includes making these spaces work for families, improve social integration, promote health and well-being and responds to the climate emergency. 

The guidelines were informed by one of the largest and most comprehensive pieces of research into the lives of residents living in high density and tall buildings, recently receiving the RTPI’s Planning Practitioner Award for Research Excellence.


Lucia Cerrada 

Lucia is the High Density Development Project Manager at Tower Hamlets Council. She joined the public sector as part of the first Public Practice cohort. In her role she has developed a best practice design guidance for high-density development. Trained as an architect, urban designer and academic, she is currently completing a PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning. Her work experience spans across countries including Spain, Switzerland and the UK, where she has led the development of masterplans and large-scale residential buildings.

Becky Mumford

Becky is an Urban Planner and Urban Designer in the Tower Hamlets Place Shaping Team. Here she advocates for high quality design throughout the planning process with experience in a huge variety of development projects including public sector led housing and large scale estate regeneration. In addition, in her role she developed a best practice design guidance for high-density development and works on various conservation policy and guidance projects. Her interests particularly include governance structures behind high quality public housing and how to facilitate the transition to the circular economy through planning and regeneration projects.

Where: Zoom – the link will be sent to those registered.


If you have any queries before then, please contact Olga Gaitani on og@academyofurbanism.org.uk.