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To: Tower Hamlets Council, [email protected]
Save Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Refuse planning permission to the proposal by Rayliff Capital to turn the Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a boutique hotel
Why is this important?
Whitechapel Bell Foundry is one of the most important and historically most socially and economically significant establishments of art and industry in Britain. Founded in the sixteenth century, it hosted the casting of Big Ben and of the Liberty Bell. The choice over its future is stark: it could now become a boutique hotel for wealthy businessmen, or else a living and working site where traditional artisan skills can be combined with the most modern technologies, a centre that would work in close collaboration with the local community. United Kingdom Historical Building Preservation Trust (a charity with a distinguished track record in heritage-led regeneration) in partnership with Factum Foundation (a global leader in the use of technology for preservation of heritage) have the resources to buy the Foundry buildings from the developer and re-open them as a working foundry, re-equipped with up-to-date machinery, for the production of bells and for art casting.
For background go to http://spitalfieldslife.com/2019/02/03/a-bell-themed-boutique-hotel/