New London Architecture

Civic centres: reimagining town halls

Wednesday 12 April 2023

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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. 
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