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AJ exclusive: Hopkins wins St Thomas' East Wing cladding competition

[FIRST LOOK] Hopkins has won the RIBA contest to reclad a 13-storey tower on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital site in central London

The practice was selected ahead of an impressive shortlist which included Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, David Morley Architects, Denton Corker Marshall, Grimshaw and Penoyre & Prasad.

Hopkins, which has also designed the nearby Stirling Prize-shortlisted Evelina Children’s Hospital in Southwark, will mastermind a £21 million recladding project. The scheme will provide ‘significant improvements’ in energy efficiency and a long-term solution to address water ingress, improve insulation and energy efficiency.

Judges comments:

RIBA Adviser and jury panel member David Henderson, co-director of Bennetts Associates said: ‘The winning team has developed a proposal which is intelligent, stylish, appropriate and convincing at all levels from its construction strategy to its approach to sustainability.  It will transform, not just the East Wing but the whole surrounding environment.’

Alastair Gourlay, Programme Director for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We recognised that re-cladding a building that will be fully occupied in the centre of one of London’s largest teaching hospital close to the Houses of Parliament and Lambeth Palace was going to be difficult.  The quality of the design submissions was beyond our expectations and our team really enjoyed the time we had with each of the competitors.  The winning design is a stunning response to the brief and was the most popular in the public consultation.  It will be a great asset for St Thomas’ Hospital that will significantly enhance the building for staff and patients alike.’

Previous story (AJ 08.08.10)

AJ exclusive: images of finalists in Guy’s East Wing cladding competition

The AJ can reveal the six shortlisted schemes in the contest to reclad a 13-storey tower on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital site in central London

Set to go on public display on Monday (9 August), the ‘anonymous’ proposals have been drawn up by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, David Morley Architects, Denton Corker Marshall, Grimshaw, Hopkins and Penoyre & Prasad.

The RIBA-organised competition asked architect-led development teams to draw up a recladding designs that would provide ‘significant improvements’ in energy efficiency and a long-term solutions to address water ingress, improve insulation and energy efficiency.

The budget for the contest is £21 million.

Final judging will be on 10 September.

Where to see the designs:

  • 9-10 August - Guys Hospital Atrium 1
  • 11-15 August - Central Hall, St. Thomas
  • 17-18 August - Durning Library, Kennington

Guy's and St Thomas' East Wing building, central London

Guy’s and St Thomas’ East Wing building, central London

Previous story 25.05.10

Shortlist named for Guy’s East Wing cladding competition

Six teams have been shortlisted in the contest for the recladding of a 13-storey tower on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital site in central London

Among the finalists are teams led by Denton Corker Marshall, Grimshaw and Hopkins Architects (see full list below).

The competition brief called for a recladding design that will provide ‘significant improvements’ in energy efficiency and a long-term solution to address water ingress, improve insulation and energy efficiency.

The judging panel chose architect/contractor teams that demonstrated the ‘capacity and imagination’ to design and deliver a scheme that would ‘symbolically enhance Guy’s and St Thomas’ reputation for healthcare provision and its landmark status in London’.

Programme director for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Alastair Gourlay said: ‘The quality of submissions we received in response to the competition notice was excellent.’

‘The quality of submissions we received in response to the competition notice was excellent.’

Programme director for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Alastair Gourlay

‘I’m delighted to have attracted some of the best people in the business to help us meet the challenge of updating and improving the East Wing to the highest standards,’ he said.

The East Wing building is situated on the south side of the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament.

The 13-storey tower is over forty-two metres high and is a significant urban presence in the London cityscape.

The cost of the external recladding works including lifts and service risers is estimated at £21 million.

Teams have until the beginning of August to submit their design concepts, with a winner expected to be announced later in the year.

Shortlisted architect/contractor teams

  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris/Galliford Try
  • David Morley Architects/Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd
  • Denton Corker Marshall/Josef Gartner & Co UK Ltd
  • Grimshaw/Geoffrey Osborne Ltd
  • Hopkins Architects Ltd/ISG InteriorExterior plc
  • Penoyre & Prasad/BAM Construction

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