Big ideas for London’s heritage

If ever there was a need for a BIG idea, it’s in the case of the Tobacco Dock in Wapping, London Docklands.

A grade I listed warehouse constructed in approximately 1811, this brick building featuring brick vaults and some fine ironwork suffers from the same East London lacklustre that the Olympics hopes to address in 2012.

Despite a £47 million cash injection in 1990 (some sources put it at £70 million) to reform the old tobacco warehouse into the ‘Covent Garden of the East End’, this piece of our cultural heritage goes largely unnoticed aside from the odd blue chip corporate event. 

Now with the East London line revamped and reopened, all that’s stopping this awesome industrial edifice from becoming as loved as Battersea power station is a BIG idea.

Answers on a postcard. Alternatively, enter them into our Idea Awards and possibly win £200 worth of spa vouchers or a delicious hamper of goodies. Just click on Add Idea.


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