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Competition: Great Ormond Street Hospital phase 4, London

The RIBA has launched a competition for the next phase of redevelopment at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in central London (Deadline: 7 October)

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

The £190 million project is the fourth phase of the hospital’s ongoing redevelopment masterplan, and is scheduled to complete in 2022.

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Source: Image by Nigel Cox

Paul O’Gorman Building

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’ as well as creating clinical spaces.

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.

The facility will be spread across four floors and feature 60 consulting rooms and 100 beds alongside new teaching rooms, a school, teenage area and roof top garden.

The specialist children’s hospital, founded in 1852, has 3,800 staff and receives around 268,000 patient visits every year.

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Stanton Williams’ plans for GOSH’s new Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children

Last 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.

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.

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

The second phase, designed by the same practice, will create the Premier Inn Clinical Building and increase patient capacity by 20 per cent when it opens next year.

Between three and six shortlisted teams will be invited to participate in a three-month competitive dialogue for the latest phase following an open-expression-of-interest round.

Finalists in the RIBA Competitions-backed contest will receive £20,000 (+VAT) upon submitting compliant tenders and presenting their schemes at interview.

GOSH chief executive Peter Steer commented: ‘We are excited to see how the world’s best design and construction experts can reflect our vision to create a building that supports our staff in their important work, and nurtures our patients and their families through some of the most testing times of their lives.

‘We’re also looking forward to seeing how the designs can express the things that are special about GOSH, including our focus on carrying out world-leading research to find new treatments and cures that transform young lives.’

He continued: ‘Our guiding principle at GOSH is: the child first and always. So it goes without saying that the design of the building must prioritise their needs. It should also celebrate the children and young people who are at the heart of everything we do.’

How to apply


The deadline for applications is 2pm BST on 7 October

Contact details

Valerio Roncaioli
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: +44 2078297927

View the contract notice and competition website for more information

Sheffield Children’s Hospital case study: Q&A with Claudia Bloom

The director and head of healthcare at Avanti Architects discusses lessons learned overhauling the Sheffield Children’s Hospital in England



Claudia Bloom

How did your project create a new patient-friendly frontage for Sheffield Children’s Hospital?

Sheffield Children’s Hospital has been on the same site for over 100 years and has had a new building developed every decade since. They have been getting progressively worse through time until the Design & Build main entrance building of 2000 created an invisible entrance in a badly designed and built facility.

In response to the trust’s clearly defined aspiration, we worked to respond to the context of other civic buildings on the main frontage and residential buildings in this conservation areas (and in the context of adjacent listed buildings). We responded to the brief for an extension by also extending, by a couple of metres, to the front of the 2000 building, allowing us to create a facade that links sympathetically to the original brick facade and conceals the shoddy modern one. In doing this we have created drop-off and pick-up facilities on the level and allowed a journey into the new atrium with play tower.



Sheffield Children’s Hospital by Avanti

What issues are important when designing new public-facing facilities for paediatric treatment?

I think hospitals and airports are probably the two most challenging buildings to design, until you add children into the title and then there is a clear leader! There are several issues that make this so complex: children are aged from one day to 18 years. This is a huge range of needs, of size and of understanding of the environment around them – as well as taste in décor! In terms of the facade, the building clearly has many important functions as a civic building in an urban context which, while signifying its key users, also is a place of work, of science and of care. It’s the magic that comes from making all these issues gel that produces a successful response.



Sheffield Children’s Hospital by Avanti

How would you set about creating a new ‘less institutional facade’ for GOSH?

It’s about architecture as I understand it. Responding to your client and users needs by genuine engagement and understanding within the urban context. Great Ormond Street is an interesting and complex Georgian and later street, caught in the viewing corridors for Primrose Hill and Greenwich. The building they currently have could be for anything. A design that responds to and articulates the many purposes of the building will help to make an image children can relate to.

For too long hospital design was about delivering a schedule of boxes in which activities could take place. For GOSH its about rethinking the whole way healthcare can be delivered to some of the most unlucky children in the country, who could spend literally years of their lives here over the period of their childhood. And if you get this right then the facade can respond as well.



Sheffield Children’s Hospital by Avanti