Creator_NameThe Environment Trust
TitleRecords of The Environment Trust
DescriptionRecords of The Environment Trust (TET) and its involvement in the redevelopment of Mile End Park including involvement with Mile End Park Partnership Limited.

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Established in 1979 by leading representatives of local community and business groups The Environment Trust (TET) was a registered charity working to make sustainable improvements to living standards in the East End of London. Its five core business activities included:
1. Community Finance - TET created Fair Finance, a community development institution offering a range of financial aid packages to disadvantaged locals.
2. Energy and Recycling - TET supported local initiatives to implement renewable energy schemes utilising solar, wind, biofuels, and tidal energy.
3. Environmental Education - TET offered educational workshops in schools around themes of biodiversity, nature and gardening.
4. Green Homes Scheme - TET provided affordable and eco-friendly housing for local residents. It developed a practical approach to building energy efficient homes with low running costs that could be sold at 70% of their market value.
5. Planning with Communities - Acting as public relation consultants TET helped local authorities and private businesses reach out to community groups through co-ordinated advertising campaigns.

In 1995, following TET's involvement in the design, management, and use of urban open space, it joined with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) and the East London Partnership (ELP) to present a bid for lottery funding from the Millennium Commission to redevelop Mile End Park. To co-ordinate the bid process and steer the subsequent project the Mile End Park Partnership Ltd (MEPP ltd) was established as an independent body. Its executive board which comprised of two representatives from each partner organisation met every six weeks to report the project's progress. The day to day operational management of the project was conducted by Dash Cheetham Consultants Ltd who oversaw the appointment and work of architectural design teams and construction contractors.

Mile End Park was first created in the early 1950s from the remnants of London's war torn East End. Through the purchase of ruined houses and factories the space was envisaged as a way of improving people's lives in the local area. However through lack of investment and the construction of road and railways the space became fragmented and unused. The opportunity to redevelop the park arose in 1995 when The Millennium Commission (TMC) invited proposals for suitable projects to be granted national lottery funding. Under the direction of MEPP ltd planning the bid began in September 1995. Working with local community groups, schools, businesses, architects and environmentalists an outline for the parks redevelopment was produced and published in November 1995. It included key new features to the park such as a new Ecology building, a Garden of the Senses, an Arts Park, a Play Arena, a Sports Park, a Stadium, and a new Green Bridge over Mile End Road reconnecting the fragmented park.

Satisfied by the proposal, in February 1996, TMC returned its verdict approving the quality of the plan and awarded MEPP ltd a grant of £12.33 million. This covered half the cost of construction requiring MEPP ltd to obtain "match funding" to cover the remainder through appeals to charitable trusts and private donations. In May 1997 MEPP ltd launched its promotional campaign co-ordinated in conjunction with the construction of Green Bridge. This key feature of the parks redevelopment plan was used to generate public interest and funding. Starting with a Balloon Event which marked the site of the proposed Bridge and continuing in June 1998 with a month of events entitled "Artsparkle" (which included competitions, art installations, performances, and workshops) "match funding" was narrowly achieved three months before phase one of the construction was due to begin.

The project was completed in January 2000 when the newly constructed Green Bridge was unveiled and November 2000 when the finished park was opened. Completion also brought a close to the MEPP ltd which was dissolved leaving the parks continued maintenance to LBTH. In 2008 TET was also disbanded following a review of its function within local government however much of its work in community development continues to be effected under new management structures.
Subject(s)Environmental conservation
Mile End Park
Mile End Old Town
Environmental awareness
Environmental management
ArchNoteCatalogued by Karim Hussain, April-May 2012.
Access StatusOpen
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