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BDP wins Great Ormond Street contest

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A contractor-led team featuring BDP has won the RIBA’s competition for the next phase in the redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

The practice – working with John Sisk & Son – was chosen ahead of rival bids by Eric Parry with healthcare architect Conrad Gargett and Carillion, and Heatherwick Studio with HOK and Skanska.

The GOSH NHS Foundation Trust was looking for a multidisciplinary design team with a prime contractor to deliver a new ‘front door’ building for the hospital.

Planned to complete in late 2023, the £190 million project is the fourth phase of the historic children’s hospital’s ongoing redevelopment masterplan.

GOSH chief executive Peter Steer said: ‘We were delighted by the responses from all three of the shortlisted bid teams, and I’d like to congratulate each of them on their imaginative and thoughtful responses to a challenging brief.

‘We are very grateful for the time and expertise they dedicated to their submissions, which were so admired at our public exhibitions and stimulated lively debates at each of our stakeholder engagement workshops.

‘After comprehensive analysis and debate, the John Sisk & Son with BDP team led the field. Partly this was because of the quality of their concept design, which was really popular among the GOSH community when the design proposals were anonymously exhibited side by side.

‘Just as important was the strength and depth within the team, who clearly demonstrated a deep understanding of the GOSH values, creativity, expert clinical planning and a robust commercial proposition.

‘We look forward to partnering with them to develop proposals for this special building, the success of which is essential to the future of sustainable, outstanding specialised healthcare for children and young people at this historic location.’

The three shortlisted teams received £20,000 to participate in a three-month competitive dialogue which concluded with a public exhibition of their designs in March.

The 23,000m² scheme will overhaul the Great Ormond Street-facing side of the hospital campus to deliver a ‘less institutional facade to visitors’ and new clinical spaces. Both the redbrick Paul O’Gorman Building and neighbouring Frontage Building are expected to be removed to make way for the new South Block.

The facility will be spread across nine floors and will feature 30 consulting rooms and 120 beds alongside teaching rooms, a school, an area for teenagers and a rooftop garden.

BDP’s winning scheme was based on a ‘four houses’ concept, responding to the domestic scale of Great Ormond Street, and featuring a series of ‘lily pad’ winter gardens, creating views of nature from every bedroom window

Founded in 1852, the specialist hospital has 3,800 staff and receives around 268,000 patients every year.

In 2015, 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.

This 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. It is set to top out in December.

Llewelyn Davies Yeang completed the first phase five years ago, creating the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building.

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 fully opens next year.

The shortlist

  • Carillion, with Eric Parry acting as design architect and Conrad Gargett as healthcare architect
  • John Sisk & Son, with BDP acting as both design and healthcare architect
  • Skanska, with Heatherwick Studio and HOK acting as design architect and HOK as healthcare architect 
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