Tower Hamlets Town Hall

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Project overview

This Grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building is being brought back to community use as the new Town Hall and headquarters for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is one of London’s oldest historic landmarks and has been at the heart of the borough’s history since it was opened to patients in 1757.

The new town hall, which will be part refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed building on the site of the former Royal London Hospital building on Whitechapel Road and part new build at the rear, and will provide a total of 26,700m2 of civic office space including an open-plan office space on the upper floors.

The design and construction of this purpose-built Town Hall will provide over 1,700 contemporary, flexible workspaces plus a range of meeting rooms and welfare facilities for council staff and other partners. The former hospital’s iconic street elevation will be restored with a new public entrance on the ground floor of the Grocers’ Wing.

The building has been designed to be more than just an office for council staff. At its core will be an accessible environment, taking up the entirety of the ground floor, in which residents will be able to essential services.

The entire ground floor will be dedicated to public use and will offer an open accessible local presence atmosphere which brings people together and enables them to access council services in one place. The ground floor local presence will host meeting and shared spaces, a café and the council chamber.

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SEC work package

Our package comprised the design development, manufacture, factory finished joinery products and installation. Inclusive of Richlite wall panelling in diamond black throughout the Super Lobby and communal areas and an off-site manufactured bespoke cylindrical laminate timber reception desk. Bathrooms to all floors were set by colour theme with complete bathroom fit out including bespoke brand Dolphin mirrors, shelving, dispensers and timber doorsets.

On the ground floor the Council Chamber is complete with bespoke joinery throughout including more Richlite Diamond Black panelling, bamboo stratum panels on the walls & staircases, black fabric acoustic back panels, red leather bench seating, Richlite Mayors top table, Dias wall and writing shelf. Past the super lobby sits a large children’s library, we have installed Oak laminated MDF bench seating, bespoke bookcases throughout including along the ramp, to the reading benches and window surrounds.

Each office floor is self-serviced, with colour themed kitchenettes. Our package included installation of perimeter wall panelling, Corian worktops, coloured laminate kitchen cupboards, shelves and splashbacks.

Finally, we supplied raised flooring to old building to allow levels to match with new building, all internal timber doors, SELO riser doors and a heritage external door, architraves, window boards and skirtings throughout.

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Doorsets and Ironmongery, skirting, window boards, plywood flooring substrate, various sanitary fittings and bespoke joinery throughout.

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