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Bisset Adams’ ‘next generation’ Idea Store opens

Bisset Adams has completed a new Idea Store in Tower Hamlets, East London

London-based Bisset Adams’ £4.5 million development at Watney Market, close to David Adjaye’s much-publicised Whitechapel Idea Store, is being hailed as ‘the first of a new generation of Idea Stores’.

The building features a library, information, learning and community services, across three floors. Its glazed façade reveals a green staircase, visible externally, which signals the entrance to the library on the upper floors.

Created and managed by Tower Hamlets and launched in 1999, the Idea Store concept was set up as a ‘social hive of information within a community’, combining learning and meeting areas in a modern environment.

Bisset Adams Idea Store

Project data

Type of project New-build library/information centre
Client LB Tower Hamlets
Architect Bisset Adams
Structural engineers Mott Macdonald
M&E consultant Mott Macdonald
Quantity surveyor John Burke Associates
CDM coordinator Mott Macdonald
Main contractor Osborne
Funding Big Lottery
Tender date September 2011
Start on site date May 2012
Completion date May 2013
Contract duration 1 year
Gross internal floor area 1300m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Design and Build
Total cost £4,500,000
Specific environmental targets BREEAM Very Good


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