In the next major step towards redeveloping the Old Royal London Hospital into a new Civic Centre, Tower Hamlets Council has announced the appointment of internationally renowned architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) as the lead consultant and designer for the £77million scheme.
The council’s Civic Centre is a major part of the wider regeneration of Whitechapel which includes the opening of Crossrail in 2018, alongside 3500 new homes, 5000 jobs, new retail opportunities and new public spaces to be delivered over the next 10 years.
Will Tuckley, Chief Executive at Tower Hamlets Council said:
“Whitechapel as a whole is undergoing massive changes and the Civic Centre will be a key building contributing to the regeneration of the area and securing the future of a building of heritage importance for the borough.
“We are also pleased that a firm with a clear and proven award winning design flair will be at the helm of what is both a grade II listed and much loved landmark building in the East End of London.
“I know that they will relish the particular challenges that the building will bring and look forward to working with the team to deliver a truly fantastic new civic and public service hub for the borough and our residents.”
The appointment of AHMM follows a highly competitive process which began with more than 100 expressions of interests. They were then reduced to 23 bids at the next Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) stage, before being reduced further to six strong final bids which were invited to tender.
As part of the winning tender AHMM has also agreed to provide a range of wider community benefits including providing access to jobs and work experience for residents. They will also work closely with schools on curriculum projects and mentor pupils interested in a career in design and architecture.
Paul Monaghan, Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) said:
“This is an amazing opportunity to create a civic beacon for Tower Hamlets, and we look forward to the challenge of working with new and old to make a new type of town hall at the heart of the community. One of the most exciting aspects of the project will involve bringing the 18th century Royal London Hospital back to life as a public building open to the borough.”
The contract will cover all the key consultant, design and planning management milestones including the appointment of contractors and the work taking place on site. The building is earmarked for completion by the end of 2021.