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Avanti wins Sheffield children’s hospital competition

Avanti Architects has finally been named as the winner in the competition to design a £40 million extension to the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield

The practice’s ‘light and airy concept’ was chosen ahead of schemes by BDP, HKS Architects, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and a joint bid by Capita Symonds with HLM Architects.

A victor had been expected to be named in January after the designs went on anonymous display. However, the decision was delayed until a full business case was approved.

Building work could start in spring next year with completion planned for spring 2015.

Avanti’s design includes a ‘dramatic’ play tube running floor to ceiling in the main reception as well as priority car parking, a single rooms providing en-suite facilities for parents staying with their child and an inner courtyard play area.

Simon Morritt, Trust chief executive said: ‘The architects in the competition came up with a variety of innovative ideas and the panel was very impressed with the quality of the proposals.

‘Avanti’s design, however, came out top on all the scores and we are content that it will be a flagship building for the hospital and Sheffield.”

Over two days a panel of 22, including staff, patients, parents, governors and directors, received presentations from the six companies and had the chance to quiz them on their designs.

Winner: Avanti Architects' winning scheme in the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield competition

Winner: Avanti Architects’ winning scheme in the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield competition

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Previous story (AJ 22.12.2011)

Revealed: Shortlisted schemes in Sheffield children’s hospital contest

Proposals by the six shortlisted practices in the contest to design a £40 million extension to the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield have been made public

The schemes, which went on ‘anonymous’ display earlier this week, have been drawn up by competition finalists Avanti Architects, BDP, HKS, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and a joint bid by Capita Symonds with HLM Architects.

The proposed three-storey extension will be joined to the existing hospital,parts of which date back to 1903, and will create a new entrance at the current main reception and house an outpatient department and 72 extra beds.

Simon Morritt, chief executive at the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The new design will be the face of our hospital over the years to come so choosing the correct concept is going to be very important.

‘The final design must address specifics for us such as single room accommodation where a bed is also provided for a parent - these features will be key in improving patient care.

He added: ‘The designs put forward by the architects are all very different each bringing a unique element to their individual design.’

The designs are on display on B Floor of the hospital’s Outpatient corridor. More plans and digital fly-throughs are on the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust website at www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk

A winner will be chosen in January.

Flora Samuels, head of the architectural department at the University of Sheffield, will be advising the jury panel during the selection process.

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Avanti and BDP on shortlist for new Sheffield children’s hospital wing

A six-strong shortlist has been named in the contest to design a £20 million extension to the Children’s Hospital, Sheffield

Avanti Architects and BDP are joined among the finalists by HKS, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects and a joint bid from Capita Symonds with HLM Architects.

As well as creating a new entrance for the hospital - parts of which date back to 1903 - the proposed three-storey wing will house an outpatient department and 72 beds

Designs by the shortlisted practices will go on public display on December 13.

Simon Morritt, chief executive at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We’re excited to see how the architects will prepare a building which meets the needs of our patients and clinicians in an environmentally sensitive way.Holding this competition will allow us to get the best possible design for the new wing which is extremely important when we think about how adaptable it will need to be for the years to come.’
The judging panel includes hospital staff, governors and carers of patients. Professor Flora Samuels, head of the architectural department at the University of Sheffield, will be providing expert advice to the panel during the selection process.
 

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