Landscape architects BDP and construction company John Sisk and Sons have been selected for Phase four of the Redevelopment Programme at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH).
The new clinical building on Great Ormond Street in central London will become the hospital’s new ‘front door’, replacing outdated facilities.
The design brief for the competition was created in partnership with staff, patients and families and expressed their shared aspiration for a building to focus on the GOSH guiding principle: the Child First and Always.
The Sisk/BDP scheme was said to offer a ‘promising response’ to the challenge of placing a building of international significance within a terraced street setting.
The ‘four houses’ concept correlates with the domestic scale of Great Ormond Street and the imaginative ‘lily pad’ winter gardens with embayment spaces between them aims to enhance the in-patient experience, offering views of nature from every bedroom window.
The design approach was praised for offering a model of care and a healing environment with the potential to nurture patients and families while supporting GOSH staff.
The Trust is now entering into an early design agreement with John Sisk & Son so that design development work can continue and the scheme can be brought forward for planning permission.
Dr Peter Steer, chief executive of GOSH, said: “After comprehensive analysis and debate the John Sisk & Son with BDP team led the field. Partly this was because of the quality of their concept design, which was really popular among the GOSH community when the design proposals were anonymously exhibited side by side.
“Just as important was the strength and depth within the team, who clearly demonstrated a deep understanding of the GOSH values, creativity, expert clinical planning and a robust commercial proposition.”
He added: “We look forward to partnering with them to develop proposals for this special building, the success of which is essential to the future of sustainable, outstanding specialised healthcare for children and young people at this historic location.”