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Tower Hamlets Council marks 'topping out' of new Town Hall

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Tower Hamlets and Bouygues UK officials on top of the new Town Hall

Tower Hamlets Council has reached a key milestone in the construction of its new Town Hall in Whitechapel as the building reaches its highest point.

The new Town Hall is being built on the site of the former Royal London Hospital on Whitechapel Road, bringing this striking Grade II listed building back into community use. The project is expected to complete in spring 2022.

The ‘topping out’ marks construction company Bouygues UK completing the highest structural point.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Our new Town Hall will bring the historic Royal Hospital site in Whitechapel back into community use, so once again the 250 year old building will serve the people of Tower Hamlets. Reaching this milestone now shows the project is making good progress, so we are on track to make the savings this project will deliver, as well as provide a fantastic new space for residents to access services.”

Gerald Farque, Bouygues UK Managing Director, said: “Topping out this prestigious London landmark is an important milestone we are proud to be commemorating with Tower Hamlets. We have built an excellent working partnership with the borough through the many projects we have delivered and have always worked hard to support their social value objectives through our engagement programme with the local community, supply chain and education providers.”

The former Royal London Hospital site has been vacant since 2013. The £115m project will bring this important historical building back into public use.

Tower Hamlets Council is working with Historic England to preserve the integrity of the building in the designs and during construction work and several key features will be retained and restored.

The new Town Hall will be in most accessible part of Tower Hamlets. Situated next to the new transport hub in Whitechapel, it will be served by four different train and tube lines including Crossrail, along with bus and cycle routes.

The entire ground floor will be dedicated to public use. It will be a place that brings people together in meeting rooms and shared spaces; a place where they can access services in one place and a place for SMEs to work and thrive.  

Tower Hamlets Council is also moving more teams from other council buildings into the new Town Hall, along with other bodies including Tower Hamlets Homes and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), so residents have one place to go to get things done.

Find out more at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/newtownhall

Posted on Tuesday 18th May 2021