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Heatherwick operates on London hospital entrance

The entrance to Guy's Hospital near London Bridge has been transformed by a £2 million facelift by Thomas Heatherwick.

The centrepiece of the scheme is the 'Boiler Suit' (pictured) - a facade surrounding the boiler that powers the hospital, formed of 108 tiles made of woven stainless-steel braid.

At night the Boiler Suit is illuminated 'to provide a distinctive welcoming beacon for staff and visitors arriving at hospital'.

The scheme - Heatherwick's first commission for the NHS - also includes widened pavements, a one-way traffic system with designated drop-off points, new signage, CCTV, lighting and a shop.

The project has been funded by the Pool of London Partnership, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and the Friends of Guy's Hospital.

Karen Sarkissian, director of art and heritage at Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, said: 'It has been enormously rewarding and exciting to commission such a prestigious designer to work with us.

'Thomas has come up with an eye-catching design which you would not expect to encounter on a hospital site.'

by Max Thompson

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