East London scheme will open in 2022

East-looking view of AHMM's proposals for Tower Hamlets council's new civic centre

East-looking view of AHMM’s proposals for Tower Hamlets council’s new civic centre

Bouygues UK has been named preferred contractor to build a new £105m civic centre in Whitechapel for Tower Hamlets council.

The scheme includes building a new town hall on the site of the former Royal London Hospital building on Whitechapel Road, which was bought by the council after being vacated by Barts Health NHS Trust in 2012.

The new town hall will be created through part new build and a refurbishment of the grade II listed building to provide 26,700m2 of space.

The ground floor will be given over to public use allowing access to all the council’s services in one place, as well as housing meeting rooms, a café and the council chamber.

Construction is due to begin later this year with completion date expected in autumn 2021. The new centre will then open in 2022.

It is part of the council’s Whitechapel Vision Masterplan, which also includes a new £300m life sciences campus being created by the Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London.

The council hopes to recoup £78m of the cost of the new building through the sale of old council buildings that will no longer be needed once staff have moved