Bouygues UK has been appointed as main contractor for the construction of a new civic centre in Whitechapel for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The company has already executed several property development projects in all market sectors in the UK, with a focus on mixed-use developments and urban regeneration.
Under the Tower Hamlets project, a new town hall will be constructed on the site of the former Royal London Hospital building on Whitechapel Road.
The Tower Hamlets council bought the site after it was vacated by Barts Health NHS Trust in 2012.
The new town hall project will comprise part refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed building and part new build.
The new town hall, which will provide 26,700m2 of civic office space, will include an open-plan office space on the upper floors.
The ground floor will be for public use. It will offer an open accessible local presence atmosphere and enables the public to access council services in one place.
The ground floor local presence will include meeting and shared spaces, a cafe and the council chamber.
Construction is expected to begin later in 2018 with a completion date of 2021.
Bouygues UK will work with the council during the pre-construction stage of the project to plan, price and programme the refurbishment and construction works required to create the new building.
Although Bouygues UK is the preferred contractor for the construction of the building, this will be confirmed on completion of the pre-construction work.
Expected to be opened in 2022, the new town hall project is part of the borough’s work to deliver the Whitechapel Vision Masterplan – one of the largest regeneration programmes in London, which includes the opening of Crossrail at Whitechapel Station in 2018.
The town hall will be located in an easily accessible part of Tower Hamlets, alongside a new life sciences campus being established by the Barts Health NHS Trust and Queen Mary University of London as well as seven new public spaces.