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Morley to take on troubled St Mary's hospital

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David Morley Architects has agreed to take on the vastly controversial project proposed to succeed the failed Paddington Health Campus project.

St Mary's NHS Trust has appointed the practice as 'architectural and masterplanning' adviser for the PFI redevelopment of St Mary's hospital in west London ( pictured). It is understood that BDP was also in the frame for the commission.

According to David Morley, the role will include masterplanning new hospital facilities and winning outline planning consent for the scheme from Westminster City Council.

It seems inevitable that achieving the permission will not be easy given the problems faced by the campus, which was masterplanned by Farrells.

The trust's decision to press on with the redevelopment of the site so soon after the failure of previous efforts has raised eyebrows among onlookers. An explosive report published in late September damned the way the Paddington Health Campus project was managed ( Risks of repeated Paddington Health Campus debacle grow).

But Jonathan Wilson, of David Morley Architects, said: 'We are very excited by the opportunity that St Mary's Hospital redevelopment offers to break the mould of urban hospital design.

'We will be working closely with our partners, Greenhill Jenner and Urban Strategies, to develop a concept that offers state-of-the-art healthcare within an urban community.'

Nigel Hodson, project director for the redevelopment at St Mary's NHS Trust added: 'David Morley Architects offered the best architectural cost solution. We look forward to a successful relationship with them.'

by Rob Sharp

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