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Tower Hamlets Project makes BDA shortlist

30 Jun 2023

The Brick Development Association announces their Brick Awards 2023 Shortlist

The former Royal London Hospital on Whitechapel Road, a well-known local landmark dating back to the eighteen century, had been derelict since closing in 2012. Tower Hamlets Council bought the historic building to transform it into their new Town Hall in preparation for the end of their lease at their previous headquarters at Mulberry Place.

The £125m transformation, which was seven years in the making, completely refurbished the Grade II listed structure. A substantial new extension also formed part of the project. This enabled the council to consolidate their 2,470 employees and partner organisations into a single location whilst improving services for local residents. The entire ground floor of the new facility is dedicated to public use with the six floors above housing the Council’s new offices.

Brick plays an integral role in the scheme and is the predominant material for the cladding to the new floor-plates behind the refurbished building. Brick ‘pilasters’ reflect the rhythm of the new structure within and confer a formality and civic permanence to the Grocers’ Wing and Chamber Wing. String courses of white concrete continue the double order of the existing facades into the new. A shallow relief of matt and glossy brickwork in Flemish bond, set between the pilasters, references the glazed brickwork found on neighbouring hospital buildings.

A façade of glazed bricks in a deep red inspired by the colours of the Royal London Hospital’s nurses’ medals frame the main entrance. The use of Ibstock’s Cooksbridge Yellow Clamp Stock bricks, in particular, is notable in this project. A significant number of reclaimed London stock bricks were also used in the repair and alteration of the retained building.

Overall, the civic gravitas of the old Georgian building with its pedimented frontage blends seamlessly with the new extension.

BDA Site: Tower Hamlets Civic Centre - BDA (

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