Councillors have approved £105 million plans by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to refurbish and extend the former Royal London Hospital in east London to create a civic centre.
Tower Hamlets’ strategic development committee this week granted listed building consent and planning consent for the scheme on Whitechapel Road.
The project will see the demolition of elements of the Grade II-listed former hospital as well as refurbishment works and an extension rising to seven storeys. It will retain a Georgian façade from 1757.
It will create a 26,727m2 Tower Hamlets Council Civic Centre, allowing consolidation of the local authority’s 2,472 members of staff.
The building will also accommodate a library, a council chamber, conference space and a café.
Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs said: ‘This is a key milestone in delivering our new town hall, which will be a landmark building.
‘By bringing the council together with our partners, like healthcare and housing, it will be somewhere where residents can access a range of public services in one place. We also want to encourage local people to feel this is a building for them to use.
‘Compared to other options, it demonstrates the best value for money. We want a town hall that is worthy of the name but will press down on costs.’
Work could start on site next month and the civic centre could be occupied by 2022.
AHMM associate Sam Scott said ‘Achieving planning consent for this exciting proposal is an important milestone for such a sensitive and complex project. AHMM and Tower Hamlets Council have engaged extensively with the public and amenity societies to conserve the character of a building which occupies such a significant place in the collective memory of the East End.’
The AJ100 practice was chosen for the job in April 2016 following a tender which received more than 100 expressions of interest.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Tower Hamlets Council civic centre plans
Location Whitechapel, London
Type of project Civic
Client Tower Hamlets Council
Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Landscape architect Kinnear Landscape Architects
Planning consultant Gerald Eve
Structural engineer Elliott Wood
M&E consultant Atelier Ten
Cost consultant Exigere
Planning supervisor Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Main contractor Bouygues UK
Start on site Spring 2018 (Enabling works)
Completion date 2021/22
Contract duration Three years
Gross internal floor area 26,727m2
Form of contract and procurement Two-stage Design and Build via Southern Construction Framework