Bouygues wins £110m green town hall conversion

21 February 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Bouygues UK has won a £109.5m contract with the Borough of Tower Hamlets in London to convert the former Royal London Hospital into a town hall.

The contractor has already been involved in preparatory works since August 2018 and will focus on minimising the building’s environmental impact.

The new town hall project will target an excellent BREEAM rating through features such as optimised water consumption and the use of renewable sources to generate electricity.

Measures to protect certain species of birds and invertebrates will also be put in place during the construction.

With a total surface area of 26,700 m2, the new town hall will form part of the Whitechapel Vision, one of London’s largest regeneration projects, which includes the construction of a new life sciences campus, seven new public spaces and 3,500 new homes, along with the creation of 5,000 jobs. The town hall will sit next to the new Whitechapel transport hub, served by four train and tube lines along with bus and cycle routes.

The works will involve an estimated 500 people working on site at peak periods. The town hall is scheduled to open in 2022.

John Biggs, mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We are delighted to have signed a contract with Bouygues UK to deliver a new Town Hall for Tower Hamlets. This will be one of the most exciting projects in London. It will be a building for everyone to use, a place to get things done quickly with council, housing and health services under one roof, meeting rooms and spaces for the public, and all in one of the best-connected sites in London.”

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