Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs donned his hard hat to take a look at the redevelopment of the iconic Ocean Estate.

Currently three blocks, Allonby, Channel and Studland Houses are being demolished to make way for 225 new homes.

The council said 121 of the properties would be available for affordable rent and shared ownership as part of the new £8.5million project.

Between 2009 and 2013, more than £220million has been invested into the estate in Stepney.

So far 1,200 council homes have been extensively refurbished and more than 800 new homes have already been built.

New community facilities have also been provided, including a community centre with GP and housing services and space for community groups. Play areas and ball courts are just a few of the many features that have also been added.

Speaking after his visit to the estate, Mayor Biggs said: “It’s always great to get on site and see for myself how the transformation of the Ocean Estate is providing real and long lasting improvements for both existing and future new residents to the area.

“The chronic shortage of good quality and affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges we face, so we will continue to do all we can to encourage the development of major housing schemes such as this one.”

Since the project began, 75 local people have been offered construction related jobs, and hundreds of residents have worked on the project.

One particular success has been the Construct Your Career programme which has seen 54 residents graduate with the skills to work in the construction industry. The majority of these now have permanent jobs in the industry.

Cllr Sirajul Islam, deputy mayor and cabinet member for housing said: “From the outset the local community have been at the heart of plans to redevelop the Ocean Estate. This is particularly important when the scheme is creating new homes and facilities within an already well-established community.

“This next stage of the development will further enhance the dramatic transformation of the estate and create a community fit for future generations.”

Jacqui Esimaje-Heath, east Thames director of land and business development, said: “The regenerated Ocean Estate has already won several accolades and was recently named by the mayor as the best new place to live in London. We’re looking forward to working with Tower Hamlets Council to continue the good work and deliver this next phase of high quality and genuinely affordable homes.”