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Guy’s tower overhaul designs revealed

[FIRST LOOK] These are the first images of Arup and Penoyre & Prasad’s proposed overhaul of Guy’s tower at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London

The £30 million scheme to refurbish the tallest hospital building in the world (main picture) was chosen over a more radical ‘wallpapering’ of the tower.

Last month Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust decided to press ahead with a less expensive ‘preferred option’ which would see full cladding on the communications tower only and leave the main Brutalist block virtually untouched. This scheme is expected to win planning permission by the summer (2010).

A spokesperson for the Twentieth Century Society said of the wallpapering proposal: ‘It was almost as if they were trying to compete with the shard of glass.’

Guy’s Tower, designed by Watkins Gray, was completed in 1974 and is the 11th tallest building in London at 153m.

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