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GHM Rock Townsend completes east London community centre

[First look + plans + project data] GHM Rock Townsend has completed this £5 million youth centre for the Osmani Trust in Whitechapel, east London

The 1,500m² Osmani Centre building features a studio, cafe, sports hall, offices and gym.

The project was part-funded by local authority Tower Hamlets Council.

The architect’s view - Lee Mainwaring, associate architect at GHM Rock Townsend

The Osmani Youth Centre is part of a major push in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) towards youth facilities and regeneration. The project is the first of many that the Borough believes might be the next ‘ideas store’ concept where the entire idea of a Youth Centre has been challenged, as such is a very significant building. These centres will potentially all follow a similar design philosophy set by GHM Rock Townsend through a considerable amount of consultation direct with the Borough’s Children’s Services and Youth Services. This Youth Centre brief developed by us has gone on to be used for two more Youth Centres in Tower Hamlets that are due to start onsite imminently.


GHM Rock Townsend's Osmani Centre in Whitechapel, east London

GHM Rock Townsend’s Osmani Centre in Whitechapel, east London

Project data

Architects: GHM Rock Townsend
Location: Vallance Road, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Type Of Project: Youth & Community Centre
Structural Engineers: Chamberlain Consulting LLP
Project Architect: Lee Mainwaring
Design Team: GHM Rock Townsend (Architecture + Landscape Architecture), Fulcrum (M+E), Chamberlain Consulting LLP (Structural Engineers)
Client: London Borough of Tower Hamlets / Tower Hamlets Schools Ltd
Funding: LBTH & The Osmani Trust
Start on site date: June 2010
Contract duration: 12 months
Gross internal floor area: 1500sqm
Form of contract / procurement: Design & Build
Total cost: £5m
M&e consultant: Fulcrum (Pre contract), Derry’s (Post contract)
Planning coordinator: HCD
Main contractor: B&K Building Services

Readers' comments (2)


    great looking scheme and fab looking brick too.

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  • Hi,

    I'm a final year architecture student at the University of Bath and I would like to know if this will be in next month's magzine issue?? My civil engineer partner wanted to see the details for that amazing canteliever and I would like to see the window details too!!!


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  • This project will not be featured in an upcoming AJ issue. However larger versions of the plans are now attached to the article.

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