The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has selected its architect for a £77m scheme to redevelop the Old Royal London Hospital into a new civic centre.

Architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) will be lead consultant and designer for the Whitechapel scheme to convert the grade II listed former hospital into a new town hall.

As the council’s key consultant it will take the ambitious project through design and planning management milestones, including the appointment of contractors.

The building project, which was approved by the council last November, is earmarked for completion by the end of 2021.

The scheme also includes the major refurbishment of John Onslow House in Roman Road which AHMM will also manage as lead design consultants.

The council’s civic centre project will anchor the wider regeneration of Whitechapel, which includes the opening of Crossrail in 2018, alongside 3500 new homes, 5000 jobs, new retail opportunities and new public spaces to be delivered over the next 10 years.

Will Tuckley, chief executive at Tower Hamlets Council said: “Whitechapel as a whole is undergoing massive changes and the Civic Centre will be a key building contributing to the regeneration of the area and securing the future of a building of heritage importance for the borough.”