New London Architecture

Civic centres: reimagining town halls


Wednesday 05 April 2023
10:00 - 11:00

How do you balance commercial, cultural and community needs when restoring historic civic spaces? Join this webinar to investigate the evolving role of town halls.
Typically grand, centrally located and generously proportioned buildings, town halls are well placed to serve the local community. But what is the role of the town hall today? As well as functioning as centres for the local government, town halls traditionally host a range of public activities, instilling a sense of civic pride and collective public ownership. Increasingly, civic spaces are designed to respond to the broader needs of the community through schemes that cater to diverse uses: flexible workspace, science labs, nurseries, public galleries, affordable housing, and commercial space. 
In the context of town halls, heritage refers both to the building’s fabric and its civic character. How can built environment professionals balance these concerns, whilst also serving the interests of the present-day community?

This webinar explores the challenges and opportunities presented by restoring these historic buildings, spotlighting a range of projects centred around the retrofitting of town halls in London.

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Speaker biographies

Benjamin O’Connor

Director, New London Architecture

Jonathan Flint

Senior Associate, Heyne Tillett Steel

Elizabeth Parker

Principal Consultant, Lendlease

Mark Rintoul

Senior Associate, RSHP

Yasmin Ali

Project Director, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Conservation & Heritage



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