Tower Hamlets Town Hall wins a 2024 Pineapple Award 17.05.24

Tower Hamlets Town Hall has won a 2024 Pineapple Award in the creative retrofit category. Organised by The Developer magazine, the Pineapple Awards celebrate the best in placemaking and place-led initiatives, and recognise projects that make a positive social, environmental and economic impact.

The new Town Hall for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is located within the Grade II listed former Royal London Hospital, in the heart of Whitechapel. The move to the site consolidates a number of the council’s offices into one location, and offers a broad range of public services to the borough’s residents. The project embodies the council’s vision to create a healthy, sustainable, and flexible work environment for their staff combined with front facing facilities and services for their residents in an open and welcoming environment.

Through the careful renovation and reinvention of the building, its life has been extended to serve the residents of Tower Hamlets for the next 50-100 years. Reusing and adapting a historic existing structure has created a series of unique spaces which celebrate the building’s history. The new public entrance at the base of the Grocers Wing creates a dynamic glazed shop front onto Whitechapel Road. The top lit atrium separates new and old with dramatic bridges linking the new open plan office spaces to the listed 1906 staircases. Former operating theatres are re-purposed as quirky breakout and workspaces.

The new build extension was designed with a long-life loose fit mandate, ensuring flexibility in the design of the layouts and servicing to accommodate the changing needs of the council in the future. Future flexibility has also been built in at ground floor with the local presence space able to accommodate a variety of different rolling activities for the community including exhibitions, summer schools and seminars. Equally the new council chamber can be reconfigured to host a range of events from full-council meetings to seminars and training sessions.

 
 
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