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Stanton Williams wins go-ahead for Great Ormond Street Hospital job

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Stirling Prize-winner Stanton Williams has won planning approval for a new £40 million Children’s Rare Disease Research Centre building at Great Ormond Street Hospital

The scheme in Guildford Street, Bloomsbury, central London, marks the third stage of the hospital’s four-phase redevelopment programme and is being delivered with the University College London (UCL) and the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

The new 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.

Initial estimates originally put the construction costs for the centre at £35million, rising to around £66 million after fees and fit-out. However the hospital admitted the ‘scope of research and clinical activity’ within the proposed building had increased during design development over the last two year and that build costs had risen to £40million.

The overall project budget, which also includes the purchase of the land, has now been set at £90million. The building is due to open in 2018.

Plans by Stanton Williams approved for new Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children - University College London and the Great Ormond Street Hospital

Stanton Williams’ director Gavin Henderson said: ‘The building has been carefully designed to be sensitive to its context within a conservation area, revitalise the streetscape and give public expression to the important scientific endeavours within.

‘Internally, the design of the new centre promotes interaction between patients and research staff. Extensive glazing offering views into the lower ground laboratories and a carefully articulated network of vertical terracotta fins gives a strong visual identity to the facades opposite Coram’s Fields, reflecting the public significance of the building and the important work taking place inside.’

The practice won the 2012 Stirling Prize with its Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge.

Meanwhile the Premier Inn Clinical Building for the hospital designed by Llewelyn Davies - the second phase of the redevelopment programme - is currently on site. It will complete the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre and increase GOSH’s capacity for treating children by up to 20 per cent when it opens in 2017.

The new building will include new inpatient wards with ‘more spacious bedrooms’, integrated operating theatres and a post anaesthetic care unit.

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