Client: London Borough of Tower Hamlets/Design for London
Project Status: Ongoing
Pie was awarded a High Street 2012 grant to deliver a project about the Royal London Hospital. High Street 2012 is an Olympic legacy project, delivered by a group of partners including the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Design for London, and English Heritage. Pie has also been working with a wider group of stakeholders including the Friends of the London, Vital Arts and the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
‘The London’ recognises the importance of the Royal London Hospital to Whitechapel and London. Behind the remnants of the original hospital buildings, a new hospital has grown: The Royal London is now the largest hospital in Britain. To make way for change, original pieces of the hospital and its story have been disappearing.
The project is both permanent and ephemeral: Bronze plaques in the ground (bearing the hospital’s emblems and motto) mark out the extent of the hospital estate, and a newspaper was produced exploring the history of the hospital and looking at the changes currently underway with the opening of the new building.
The old hospital building is currently boarded up and abandoned. Pie held an event as part of the High Street 2012 festival, inviting local people, patients and visitors to comment about (and draw) their ideas for the future of the old hospital building.
Pie is continuing to explore ideas for the future of the Old Royal London Hospital Building.