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FCBS wins go-ahead for Paddington outpatient building

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Westminster City Council has approved plans by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for a new outpatient building in Paddington – the first part of the wider regeneration of St Mary’s Hospital

The eight-storey, 17,547m² block will replace the existing Salton House, Dumbell and Victoria and Albert buildings on the eastern side of the hospital estate.

The project is backed by the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which recently launched judicial review proceedings in a bid to block Renzo Piano’s nearby £775 million Paddington Cube proposals, which the Trust claims will impact on emergency service access.

The new outpatient building on a ’prominent location’ in Praed Street will bring together existing services which are currently spread across 40 different locations.

Michele Wheeler, director of redevelopment, at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust said:This new development is vital to help us meet the changing needs of our patients and will allow us to provide the very best care by taking advantage of the latest medical technologies and practices. It will also make visiting outpatients a more convenient and welcoming experience as we replace ageing buildings that are inefficient and costly to maintain.’

The work is expected to complete in 2020.

Architect’s view

Designed to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience, the building will serve around half a million patients a year, allowing the hospital to meet the demands of a diverse and growing environment.

The design aims to activate the ground floor space with a central courtyard opening on the adjacent streets. Hospital related retail and café areas and strategically positioned circulation cores will also contribute to the integration of the building with the surrounding streets. A central atrium, carved out of the heart of the building, will offer daylight and orientation at all levels.

Sculpted glazed ceramic panels have been used on the external elevations to give the building a defined identity reflecting light in a narrow streetscape and creating an element of continuity with the surrounding context.

The design of the New Outpatients Building has been developed on the understanding that it will be the first part of a wider masterplan, which will ensure that St Mary’s Hospital can continue to successfully operate as the major acute hospital for north west London.

St marys hospital outpatients illustrated section 171002 ¬ fcbstudios

St marys hospital outpatients illustrated section 171002 ¬ fcbstudios

Project data

Client Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Landscape architect Grant Associates
Sustainability, transport, M&E, and cost consultant, fire engineer AECOM
Heritage adviser Professor Robert Tavernor Consultancy
Rights of light/daylight and sunlight consultant GVA
Planning consultant DP9
Healthcare planning Essentia
Area 17,547m² GIA (including set back at levels 06 and 07)
Construction value Undisclosed
Completion 2020

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Is the remaining bit of interesting architecture adhering to the end of it (an ex-Trumans example of an exuberant London pub) being retained in a conscious attempt to 'soften the blow' of the new thing, or just a building in separate ownership?
    Either way, long may this relic of the human-scale street scene survive.

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