The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is seeking an architect to transform the old Royal London Hospital into a new town hall
Planned to complete in 2019, the project will create a new ‘civic centre’ inside the Grade II-listed landmark on Whitechapel Road.
The local authority bought the historic building – which has been vacant following HOK’s completion of a new £1bn home for the hospital nearby – for around £9 million earlier this year.
Tower Hamlets will relocate to the former hospital structure from its current base inside Mulberry Place near Canary Wharf which it has occupied since 1993.
The move – which precedes the ending of Mulberry Place’s lease in 2020 – will allow the council to consolidate its offices and release surplus assets for conversion to housing.
It will see around 2,472 council staff spread across the new Whitechapel Road civic centre and the existing John Onslow House in Bow which is due to be refurbished.
The winning team will act as lead consultant and principal designer for both the old Royal London Hospital and John Onslow House projects.
Founded in 1740, the hospital was home to Joseph Merrick – also known as the Elephant Man – who lived there until his death in 1890.
The proposed civic centre is part of a masterplan drawn up by BDP for the area which will see a new Crossrail station open in 2018.
The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 4 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Tel: +44 2073644044