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Parry, BDP and Heatherwick shortlisted in Great Ormond Street contest

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Eric Parry Architects, BDP and Heatherwick Studio with HOK have been shortlisted for the next phase in the redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

The architects feature on three contractor-led teams, which were chosen for the final round of the RIBA-run contest late last year.

Backed by the GOSH NHS Foundation Trust, the contest seeks a multi-disciplinary design team with a prime contractor for the prestigious commission.

Eric Parry has teamed up with healthcare architect Conrad Gargett on a team led by Carillion, while Heatherwick Studio and HOK are bidding with Skanska and BDP has joined forces with John Sisk & Son.

The shortlisted teams will each receive £20,000 (+VAT) to participate in a three-month competitive dialogue which will conclude with a public exhibition of their designs in March.

Planned to complete in 2022, the £190 million project is the fourth phase of the historic and world-famous hospital’s ongoing redevelopment masterplan.

The 23,000m² scheme will overhaul the Great Ormond Street-facing side of the hospital campus (pictured) to deliver a ‘less institutional facade to visitors’ and new clinical spaces.

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

According to the brief, the redbrick Paul O’Gorman Building will be reconfigured while the neighbouring Frontage Building will be demolished to make way for a new South Block.

Spread across four floors, the facility is expected to feature 60 consulting rooms and 100 beds alongside new teaching rooms, a school, an area for teenagers and a rooftop garden.

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

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 – in 2015.

Set to open in 2018, the research centre 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.

Llewelyn Davies Yeang completed the first phase – creating a new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building – four years ago.

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 opens next year.

The winner of the latest contest is expected to be announced in May.

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