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Evelina learns from glazing mistakes

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Nearly 10 years after first opening its doors the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Evelina Children’s Hospital is poised for a major expansion.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – which appointed Hopkins to design the iconic building following a 1999 design contest – has announced it will soon be seeking a contractor-led design team for a ‘world class’ second phase for the hospital.

A PQQ, building programme and preliminary design brief will be published next month. The new building will be constructed next door to the existing hospital, whose curved glass atrium was closed on several occasions due to the ‘wrong type of glass’ being installed. 

This time around the trust is calling for candidates with ‘good integration and ability to work together as a team’. 

The emphasis is unsurprising in light of remarks by trust projects chief Alastair Gourlay, who told the AJ six years ago that more early-stage collaboration between the supplier, architect and contractor might have avoided the glazing problems.



 

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