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Stanton Williams wins £35m Children's Rare Disease Research Centre for Great Ormond Street Hospital

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Stirling Prize-winner Stanton Williams has been chosen to design the new £35 million Children’s Rare Disease Research Centre building for Great Ormond Street Hospital

The scheme in Guildford Street, Bloomsbury, central London, marks the third stage of the hospital’s four-phase redevelopment programme.

Last summer Llewelyn Davies Yeang completed the hospital’s new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building and work will start on a second new clinical wing, also designed by Llewelyn Davies Yeang, in 2014.

The new research centre will house 5,500m2 of laboratories, manufacturing facilities and clinical offices and will replace a soon-to-be-demolished 1968 office block currently on the site.

According to the hospital, Stanton Williams was chosen ahead of ‘a strong field of architects’. The selection panel said the practice’s proposals ‘responded best to the constraints of the site in a sensitive conservation area and addressed the brief in the greatest detail’.

Gavin Henderson, director at Stanton Williams, said: ‘Sitting in a prominent location, next to the existing hospital campus, the project is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the historic Bloomsbury streetscape, while providing an environment for spontaneous interaction between clinicians and academics and encouraging the creation of an “ideas factory” to fuel new avenues of research.’

The practice, which won the 2012 Stirling Prize with its Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge, will now be carry out a feasibility study with early visuals expected in September.

The centre, which is expected to cost around £66 million after fees and fit-out, is expected to open in 2017.

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