Bethnal Green’s old Edwardian town hall wins ‘best building’ award

The transformation of the former Bethnal Green Town Hall into a luxury five-star hotel has won the London ‘Project of the Year’ accolade.

It scooped the title at last night’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors regional awards held at Kew Gardens.

The restored town hall in Patriot Square, off Cambridge Heath Road, now goes on to compete at the national awards grand final in October.

The three-year project by French architect Michel da Costa who runs a practice in Paris and London’s Hoxton, faced challenges and the ‘unknowns’ of an historic and neglected building.

The panel of judges decided it had demonstrated skill in restoring and repairing all areas to fulfill their original Edwardian function without a ‘brand new’ look.

London Region judges chairman Barry Woodman said: “Da Costa’s town hall project demonstrates sensitivity towards the original building, which is rarely found but is borne out by the commercial success of the hotel.”

The judges also awarded ‘overall runner-up’ to Canary Wharf’s KPMG building at Canada Square which topped the ‘Sustainability’ category.

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