Tower Hamlets Town Hall, the new headquarters for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, encompasses the restoration of the Grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building, and the addition of a new build extension. The move to the former hospital 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, in a more accessible location in Whitechapel.

The design responds to key eras of the existing building’s development spanning between 1757 and 1906, utilising the architectural character inherent in each extension of the original building to enrich the new internal environment. The existing building retains the Georgian formality of its external facades which have been restored to create a backdrop to the council’s activities within the new extension. The internal finishes and double height volumes associated with the more ornate Arts and Crafts inspired operating theatre extensions have been revealed and reinstated to provide a vibrant mix of working environments.

The new build extension provides six upper levels of open plan office accommodation providing a contemporary working environment for 2470 council staff plus partner organisations. At ground level a new council chamber and associated meeting facilities forms the borough’s democratic focus together with a significant ‘local presence’ space. The existing former hospital building, being cellular in nature, contains a range of meeting facilities for council staff, and public engagement space for Housing Options and customer services departments.

  • 2024 Pineapple Award - Creative Retrofit
  • 2024 Civic Trust Special Award for Reuse and Adaptation
  • 2024  Civic Trust Award
  • 2023 WAF Award - Highly commended, Civic and Community
  • 2023  Government Property Award - Project of the Year
Tower Hamlets, London
Borough of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Town Hall shortlisted for the 2024 AJ100 Community Impact of the Year Award 29.05.24

Tower Hamlets Town Hall wins a 2024 Pineapple Award 17.05.24

Paul Monaghan presenting at 2024 Australian Architecture Conference 02.05.24

BCO Awards 2024, London 01.05.24

Tower Hamlets Town Hall wins Civic Trust Award 25.03.24

Pineapple Awards 2024 Shortlist 21.03.24

Tower Hamlets Town Hall Shortlisted for a 2024 RICS Award 11.03.24

Review of 2023 08.01.24

Thornton Education Trust Inspiring Future Generations 2023 Awards 08.12.23

World Architecture Festival Awards 2023 01.12.23

Civic Trust Awards 2024 shortlist 28.11.23

Tower Hamlets Town Hall receives a Government Property Award 28.09.23

New London Awards 2023 shortlist 12.09.23

Open House 2023 11.09.23

The Building Awards 2023 shortlist 24.08.23

AJ Architecture Awards 2023 Shortlist 23.08.23

Brick Awards 2023 shortlist 03.08.23

Concrete Society Awards 2023 shortlist 18.07.23

WAF Awards 2023 shortlist 10.07.23

Tower Hamlets Town Hall opens 15.03.23

WAF Awards shortlist 2022 11.07.22

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022 07.06.22

Topping out in Tower Hamlets 18.05.21

Work begins on site at Tower Hamlets Town Hall 02.10.19