The £300million Blackwall Reach regeneration project has welcomed its first residents.

The properties in Camellia House and Blashill Court have now been handed over to residents, 10 of which were previously living on the adjoining Robin Hood Gardens Estate.

The phase has delivered 98 properties - 79 for social housing residents, eight for local people and 10 to leaseholders from Robin Hood Gardens to enable them to remain in the local area.

The homes, from Swan Housing Group and Tower Hamlets Council, are part of a four phase regeneration project replacing the existing 252 Robin Hood Gardens properties with more than 1,500 homes in the next ten years.

The £300million Blackwall Reach regeneration project

The council has promised that half of the homes delivered will be affordable and that there will also be community facilities, a replacement mosque, commercial units and a park.

Former Robin Hood Gardens resident Nasima Bibi said: “It is an absolute pleasure being a resident of Blashhill Court which meets the needs of the 21st century modern living. These purpose built homes are well designed for the next generation which we are proud of.”

Cllr Sirajul Islam, deputy mayor of Tower Hamlets and cabinet member for housing said: “Blackwall Reach is an excellent example of how we can build on the long-standing community spirit, and create a development which both existing and new residents and families can be proud to call home. Our new homes are attractive and practical, and built with the needs of residents at the centre.”