New Town Hall
Tower Hamlets Council is bringing the former Royal London Hospital site in Whitechapel back to life as its new town hall. The building was once a bustling facility where generations of East Londoners were born and cared for. But until the council took on the ambitious challenge of transforming it into a new headquarters with extensive public space, it had stood empty at risk of falling into ruin and disrepair.
Opening in 2022, the new town hall will take its place at the heart of Whitechapel. It’s a part of London that is seeing significant regeneration including the opening of Crossrail at Whitechapel Station and a new £300 million life science campus led by Queen Mary University.
The new town hall will make full use of its location in the 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 well-used bus and cycle routes.
The building has been designed to be more than just an office for council staff. At its core will be an accessible environment, taking up the entirety of the ground floor, in which residents will be able to essential services.
Teams that are currently based in other buildings will be moved into the new town hall and we look forward to welcoming our colleagues in organisations including Tower Hamlets Homes and the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group who will be joining us at our new home.
It is estimated that the cost of this ambitious project will be in the region of £115 million. Some £78 million of that is being recouped from the sale of old council buildings that will no longer be needed once staff have moved.
After just eight years, the council will be saving public money compared to current arrangements as it will no longer be paying the £5 million a year its costs to rent its current offices at Mulberry Place.
This is one of the most significant building regeneration projects in London and indeed the country.
The project timeline so far
February 2015 – Tower Hamlets Council purchases Royal London Hospital.
November 2015 – Decision to transform the hospital into the new town hall formally announced.
July 2016 – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris appointed as architects.
November 2017 – Planning permission applied for.
May 2018 – Planning permission and listing building consent granted.
December 2018 – Construction contract signed with Bouygues UK.
February 2019 – Demolition and building works commenced.