Regeneration Success Stories: East London Aberfeldy Village 10-year Anniversary

Aberfeldy Village was built on the site of the former Aberfeldy Estate, which was one of the most deprived areas in the country. The regeneration project has breathed new life into the neighbourhood and its residents.

The 10-year anniversary celebration was a massive success, as it not only brought the community together but also allowed reflection on past progress and future goals.

The celebrations, led by EcoWorld London and Poplar HARCA, included the launch of Aberfeldy Stories: an exhibition that explores how the Aberfeldy neighbourhood has been transformed by the lives of its residents.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Councillor Kabir Ahmed, and Unmesh Desai were also present at the event. They joined in the festivities and presented printed portraits to those who featured in the exhibition.

EcoWorld London is committed to building sustainable communities and will continue to invest in Aberfeldy Village and its residents.

The exhibition contains portraits of Aberfeldy residents, business owners and community leaders by JC Candanedo. Also included are audio stories about how their lives have changed since the regeneration process started and what their hopes and dreams for the future are. The People Speak is a local arts collective that collaborated in the creation of this public exhibit.

The event was a beautiful gathering that showcased some of the best Aberfeldy has to offer, including The Works Café and Do Little Events. Local businesses provided free food and drink for everyone to enjoy.

The Aberfeldy Through Your Eyes activity, which was created by Poplar Works based designer Ellen Rock and the London College of Fashion’s Making for Change Team, will culminate in a community gathered mural and print. The event also featured a Talkeoake session by arts collective The People Speak, lawn games and a pop-up photo booth.

The current redevelopment phase will finish at the end of this year, and it includes new public art, a GP surgery, community centre, green spaces and 900 homes. Another masterplan for the next phase of redevelopment was submitted for planning in late 2021; if approved, 1,500 more homes as well as shops and workspaces will be built with health and wellbeing in mind.

Poplar HARCA and EcoWorld London are proud to have been a part of the Aberfeldy regeneration story, and we look forward to seeing the continued success of the village in the years to come.

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