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RIBA opens Great Ormond Street Hospital contest

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The RIBA has launched a competition for the next phase of redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in central London

Backed by the GOSH NHS Foundation Trust, the contest seeks a multi-disciplinary design team with a prime contractor for the prestigious commission.

Planned to complete in 2022, the £190 million project is the fourth phase of the historic and world-famous hospital’s ongoing redevelopment masterplan.

The 23,000m² scheme will overhaul the Great Ormond Street-facing side of the hospital campus (pictured) to deliver a ‘less institutional façade to visitors’ and new clinical spaces.

According to the brief, the redbrick Paul O’Gorman Building will be reconfigured while the neighbouring Frontage Building will be demolished to make way for a new South Block.

Spread across four floors, the facility is expected to feature 60 consulting rooms and 100 beds alongside new teaching rooms, a school, teenage area and roof top garden.

Founded in 1852, the specialist children’s hospital has 3,800 staff and receives around 268,000 patient visits every year.

Stanton Williams won planning approval for the £40 million third phase of the hospital’s redevelopment – known as the Children’s Rare Disease Research Centre – last year.

Set to open in 2018, the 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.

Llewelyn Davies Yeang completed the first phase – creating a new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building – four years ago.

The second phase designed by the same practice will create a new Premier Inn Clinical Building and increase patient capacity by 20 per cent when it opens next year.

Between three and six shortlisted teams will be invited to participate in a three-month competitive dialogue for the latest phase following an open expression of interest round.

Finalists in the RIBA Competitions-backed contest will receive £20,000 (+VAT) upon submitting compliant tenders and presenting their schemes at interview.

GOSH chief executive Peter Steer commented: ‘We are excited to see how the world’s best design and construction experts can reflect our vision to create a building that supports our staff in their important work and nurtures our patients and their families through some of the most testing times of their lives.

‘We’re also looking forward to seeing how the designs can express the things that are special about GOSH, including our focus on carrying out world-leading research to find new treatments and cures that transform young lives.’

He continued: ‘Our guiding principle at GOSH is The Child First and Always, so it goes without saying that the design of the building must prioritise their needs. It should also celebrate the children and young people who are at the heart of everything we do.’

The deadline for applications is 2pm BST on 7 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice and competition website for more information

Contact details

Valerio Roncaioli
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: +44 2078297927
Email: valerio.roncaioli@gosh.nhs.uk


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