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EVELINA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, SOUTH LONDON

BCI AWARDS - JUDGES' SPECIAL

For a building or civil engineering project of any size that the judges consider to be particularly inspirational in one or more aspects.

Sponsored by Arup.

The architect of any new hospital should pay a visit to Evelina before picking up a pencil to sketch a first concept.

That is not a recommendation to plagiarise the children's hospital. It is simply that Evelina is so refreshing in the way it breaks the conventions of hospital design and delivery.

The spectacular conservatory creates wide-open space and vistas way beyond the hospital while bringing light and air up to the four storeys of wards and down into the three oors of outpatients and specialist-treatment areas. It also creates secure but environmentally comfortable exercise and educational space for the use of long-term patients and their families.

Evelina's glazed lifts would not look out of place in a modern exhibition hall or five-star hotel. They give access to colourful child-friendly wards with clustered layouts and foldaway beds for a parent to stay close by at night.

Client Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Cost £41.8 million Principal designer Hopkins Architects Engineer Buro Happold Contractor MJ Gleeson

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