Last chance to see updated civic centre plans

Civic Centre Illustration

Illustration of the Civic Centre

Two public exhibitions will be held this week to give residents the chance to view updated plans for a new civic centre in Whitechapel.

This summer, we published plans to bring the Grade II listed, former Royal London Hospital building back into public use – a building that has served our community since 1757 but has been closed for the past five years.

Six public consultation events followed in July in which 161 people took part. Of the 83 feedback forms completed, 81% of them backed the council’s plans which include dedicating the entire ground floor to public use and the bringing together of council services and partner organisations to make it easier for people to get things done in one place.

Many of the views expressed in the summer consultation have been incorporated in the revised plans including specific accessible toilets and changing facilities, mobility vehicle charging points, and retention of additional heritage features.

Now this is your last chance to see the updated plans before a planning application is submitted later this month.

The two events are:

  • Friday, 13October, between 12–6pm at the Osmani Centre (E1 5AW)
  • Saturday, 14 October, between 12 –4pm at the Idea Store Whitechapel (E1 1BU)

They will include CGI images and scale models to illustrate the plans and an opportunity for the public to speak to members of the project team. 

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “The plans for the civic centre received overwhelming public support from the summer consultations that took place over the summer

“There were many valuable contributions from residents, as a result, we will make the building more accessible and go even further in protecting the heritage of this landmark building.

“Now there is a last chance to see the plans before we submit a planning application. Then we can start work on the creation of his exciting new space where residents can access a range of public services all under one roof, which will provide a new heart for the borough”

The plans

The entire ground floor will be dedicated to public use. The meeting rooms and shared spaces will bring people together, residents will be able to access services in one place.

It will also connect with the services on offer at the Whitechapel Idea Store across the road, creating a campus to empower our residents to improve their lives and so we can work together to make our borough even better.

We estimate to recoup £78m from old council buildings that will no longer be needed once staff have moved. These sites will no longer be needed for council offices and could be used to provide much needed new housing.

This could go towards the £105m estimated total cost of the new civic centre.

After just six years the council will be saving public money compared to current arrangements as it will no longer be spending £5m a year for its current accommodation at Mulberry Place and the new civic centre will remain an asset for the borough

Posted on Wednesday 11th October 2017