Ahrends Burton & Koralek have come up with plans for a major new acute hospital in inner London on 10ha of under-used land near King's Cross and St Pancras stations. Called the London Millennium Hospital, the £300 million, privately funded project is intended to cater for 600,000 people and replace the functions of many Central London hospitals. It includes a central 1200-bed hospital and several 'locality hospitals' strategically located around it, a hotel, offices, health education and conference centre and a 'public zone' with shops, exhibitions, cafes, creche and leisure facilities. Around 100,000m2 of space would be required. Preliminary discussions with planners have been well received.