Top architects win battle to design Tower Hamlets new civic centre at Whitechapel
- Credit: TH Council
Schools are being involved in the design of the new town hall and civic centre in London’s East End planned as part of the Whitechapel urban regeneration.
Pupils interested in architecture are to be invited to join education projects in building design by the architects who have been appointed this month for the mammoth £77 million task of creating the new public administration complex for Tower Hamlets Council.
The involvement of schools in the scheme to convert the former London Hospital building has been revealed by the consultancy signed up by the council to carry out the work, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
The firm is to work with schools in the East End on curriculum projects and act as mentors to pupils interested in a career in design and architecture.
The firm’s director, Paul Monaghan, said: “The project involves bringing the grand 18th century London Hospital back to life as a building open to the public.”
You may also want to watch:
The design contract covers all the consultant, design and planning management responsibilities, which open up career opportunities for pupils and school-leavers. These include the way contractors are appointed and how construction is managed on the site.
The school involvement could last for the next five years as the civic centre scheme is scheduled to take up to the end of 2021.
- 1 Murder arrest after woman stabbed to death in Whitechapel this morning
- 2 Fury as family homes vanish when Isle of Dogs landlord converts to bedsits
- 3 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 4 Two men arrested after police officers assaulted in Limehouse rave
- 5 Airbnb house party violence leaves police officer with broken finger
- 6 Police hunt after stabbing in Cable Street: One man hurt
- 7 'Racist consultation' protest rejected on Tower Hamlets street closures as Labour sticks to its manifesto
- 8 Council fined for Alexia Walenkaki's playground death in Mile End and says sorry to family
- 9 Covid vaccination hub opening in Westfield next week
- 10 Leyton Orient boss is expecting more transfer movement in the window
The council’s chief executive, Will Tuckley, explains: “Whitechapel is undergoing massive changes and the new civic centre is contributing to the regeneration of the area.
“The town hall scheme also secures the future of this 18th century building that is of heritage importance, which is a Grade II-listed landmark in the East End.”
The council approved plans for a new town hall in November, using the former hospital building which was bought in 2014 from the NHS when the Royal London moved to its new site just behind.
The appointment of the architects involved 100 firms showing interest in designing a new town hall, which was reduced to 23 bids, then a shortlist of six invited to tender for the contract—which Allford Hall Monaghan Morris won outright with its track record of large scale offices, civic and education centres and several industry design awards under its belt, including the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.
The new civic centre is a major part of Whitechapel’s regeneration with new homes, shops and public spaces—and of course the arrival of Crossrail in 2018.