The Regeneration of Walthamstow


It's easy to see what makes Walthamstow so desirable for young professionals and landlords. Since Wonderlease was established back in 1988, we have the seen the main town centre of Waltham Forest transform itself as a major centre in London. Check out #E17 for an insight into the growing sense of community that Walthamstow is notorious for.


Waltham Forest has secured over £160 million of investment in 2013 and it doesn't end there. This is expected to rise to over £700 million as we creep closer towards 2018. In the next few years we are going to see even more change with the ambitious regeneration projects in full swing. These initiatives will ultimately bring about more opportunities for both business and employment for everyone who is heading to the borough.


Walthamstow Village has attracted those who want the convenience of living only 14 minutes to Kings Cross, 19 minutes to Liverpool Street and also the perks of village life. The town centre has seen some exciting changes such as The Scene at Cleveland Place, a thriving complex with a cinema, restaurants and new homes. The silver screen has never looked better at the new Empire Cinema and with live music venues, pubs serving real ales and excellent grub.


The former 1930's EMD Granada Cinema is now a stylishly restored pop up bar, restaurant and cocktail bar. The site has now been given the quirky name Mirth, Mavel and Maud. In a former cinema room you can now experience world class theatre, live music, cinema, club nights and comedy.


The Solum II Station development, with a hotel and homes has brought a burst of activity to the area. Solum, the masterminds behind the Walthamstow gateway have delivered 69 new homes, of which 50% were affordable. Phase I of their plans also included the new Travel Lodge hotel (which surrounds our office) and retail units helping to create 150 jobs, half of which went to people from the local area. Their next plans will bring an additional £20 million investment into Walthamstow. The £500,000 improvement works will include a new station car park, re-landscaping of the station square and a revitalised pedestrian link to Queen's Road Station.


The Council's commitment to the regeneration has led investments in improving public spaces and shop front at the both ends of the High Street and along Hoe Street. Other improvements to buildings and public realm at St James Street are also in motion and due to ready this spring.


Night Feast gets a great shout out in the authentic blog Walthamstow Diary which is well worth a read. For family fun, treat your tastebuds with a visit Night Feast and the Central Parade which offers a creative workspace and business hub with an in house bakery and cafe in the heart of Walthamstow. Future investment in Walthamstow includes the development of proposals and delivery plans for key Council-owned sites such as Central Parade, Juniper House, the Town Square, including its relation to proposed Mall development, Walthamstow Library, South Grove and Chestnuts House. The Council is also committed to facilitating development of proposals and delivery plans for key third parties owned sites, which include The Mall, Overground Station/Solum Phase 2, South Grove/ Brunner Road and Central House (Strettons).


Keep up to date with the borough's regeneration projects here. You can always contact the office for more local information.


Published on 01 February 2017

Source Wonderlease

Written by Marc Cohen

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