Welcome to the project website for 61 Whitechapel High Street (known as Central House) where Frasers Property is proposing to create an exciting office development in Aldgate.


Welcome to the project website for 61 Whitechapel High Street (known as Central House) where Frasers Property is proposing to create an exciting office development in Aldgate.

Our planning application for 61 Whitechapel High Street has now been submitted to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

You can find all the details of the application by clicking ‘here’ and use the reference PA/18/01914.


Our vision is to refurbish and extend the existing building and deliver a high-quality office development with flexible space for creative and tech businesses.

By refurbishing and extending the existing building, we aim to combine the historical character of Central House with modern office design, reflecting the site’s location as a gateway between the City and the East End.

Our proposal seeks to provide flexible workspace suitable for start-ups, SMEs and larger businesses.

With an integrated cafe on the ground floor and outside amenity space on the sixth level, and an additional large roof, there will be no shortage of social spaces to add to the creativity and bustle of the working environment within.

“Our vision is to develop an exciting office building with interesting social and work spaces, creating a vibrant co-working community for start-ups, SMEs and larger businesses.”





Public consultation was originally undertaken in 2016 to present the initial development proposals for the site to the local community.

Original plans by the previous architect proposed a much taller building, incorporating office and hotel uses. In discussions with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, planning officers were sympathetic to the principle of the development but did not support the scale of the proposed scheme.

Over the past eighteen months we have continued to engage with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to evolve our proposal. We are now keen to hear your views on the revised plans.

Public Consultation – April 2018

We held a public consultation on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th April 2018, outlining the proposals for the redevelopment of the site. The architects and the development team were on hand to answer questions, and feedback forms were available for comments.

Over 50 people attended over the two days to view the scheme and discuss the project with the team. Please click here to view the exhibition boards.


61 Whitechapel High Street is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Aldgate on the eastern edge of the City.

Frasers Property bought Central House from the London Metropolitan University (LMU) in February 2016, following LMU’s decision to move to a new campus in Islington. The site has been vacant since August 2017.

Legacy of the Cass at the Fondation Kanal

Earlier this year Frasers Property were delighted to donate the plywood walls from the former Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design to the Fondation Kanal – Centre Pompidou, an architectural charity, to be used as an installation in the new cultural centre in Brussels.

Frasers are proud to support this project, putting these materials to excellent re-use and helping to preserve the legacy of The Cass.

The Cass plywood walls form part of a bar, “street” food market and a shop for young designers at the Fondation Kanal’s new Architecture and Contemporary Art Museum, which opened in May in the setting of the old Citroën car factory. The new space is already proving hugely popular with staff and the public alike and the students have shared some photos of this exciting new space with us. We look forward to keeping in touch with the new Museum and wish them every success in the future.

A spokesman for the Kanal said: “The new walls are looking fantastic, and the space is exciting and dynamic. This is an extremely exciting time for us, and we are thrilled as we look ahead to our future programme of exhibitions and events.”

New bar and restaurant space

Florian Beigel

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Florian Beigel. We first met Florian in 2016 to discuss how we might preserve the plywood structures that created such a unique environment for students at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. He had a passion for these simple and elegant structures, and their donation to a new cultural centre in Brussels has enabled staff and the public to enjoy their new use as part of a bar, street food market and shop for young designers.

Florian and Philip Christou were both generous with their time and it was a privilege to hear about their work at the ARU and their projects in South Korea. We send our condolences to all Florian’s family, friends, colleagues and former students.


About us

Frasers Property is a well-established, multi-national company that owns, develops and managers a diverse, integrated portfolio of property assets in Singapore, Australia, China, Southeast Asia and Europe.


We are working closely with the Council and community to bring forward an exciting scheme on this important gateway site.


Planning is not just for the ‘experts’. We recognise that the built environment should be shaped by the diverse set of people who live, work and move within it.


Complex issues require innovate solutions. We are ambitious in our plans to refurbish and extend the existing building to create interesting work and social spaces with outside amenity.


Alongside cutting-edge design, we recognise the benefits of delivering flexible workspaces for start-ups, SMEs and larger businesses to create a vibrant co-working community.

How to get in touch


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Email: info@61whitechapelhighstreet.com

Phone: 0800 170 7270

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