Tower Hamlets Civic HQ

A competition-winning, developer-led project to create a new civic landmark in Bethnal Green. A large strip of land is developed to create new local authority headquarters partly funded by a new residential development on the same site. The scheme comprises 100 residential units and 8 floors of accommodation for the local authority.

A 24 storey residential tower has five flats per floor on 20 of its floors, with winter garden balconies and offering magnificent views over the east of London. The slender aspect ratio allows the tower to stand at the south of the site without blocking the sun from neighbouring residential properties.

The headquarters building for Tower Hamlets creates a new civic model – the open access town hall. It combines highly flexible exhibition and conference space with the Council’s committee rooms and Council Chamber, designed with a distinctive bell shaped enclosure. These flexible, lettable spaces are highly visible to the passer-by and invite engagement. The upper floors accommodate maximised open plan work space around the atrium, a first for a local authority at the time.

The overall design concept of a tall slender tree at the foot of a hill, combines the two distinct elements of the business model to create a significant landmark on the edge of Bethnal Green Gardens.

Client

Value

£30 m

Completed

2003

Awards