Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK has selected Stanton Williams Architects to design the new £35m Children’s Rare Disease Research Centre building.
Planned to be located at 20 Guildford Street in central London, the new research centre forms part of the third phase of the four phase redevelopment programme of the hospital.
Fundraising for the project is ongoing and once money for the development is secured, the existing building on the site will be demolished to make way for the new centre.
The new research centre will feature 5,500m² of laboratories, manufacturing facilities and clinical offices, as well as outpatient clinical space.
After completion, the research centre will bring together clinicians from Great Ormond Street Hospital and researchers from University College London, in particular the UCL Institute of Child Health, to develop new treatments for rare diseases.
Great Ormond Street Hospital director of redevelopment Matthew Tulley said that the new research centre will develop and deliver new treatments for children.
The hospital’s selection panel said Stanton Williams’ proposals ‘responded best to the constraints of the site in a sensitive conservation area and addressed the brief in the greatest detail’.
Stanton Williams director Gavin Henderson said the company will design the research building to meet functional requirements, the sustainability agenda and reflect the ethos of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health.
"Sitting in a prominent location, adjacent to the existing GOSH campus, the project is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the historic Bloomsbury streetscape, while providing an environment for spontaneous interaction between clinicians and academics and encouraging the creation of an ‘ideas factory’ to fuel new avenues of research," Henderson said.
In 2012, architect Llewelyn Davies Yeang completed the hospital’s new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building and work is due to commence on a second new clinical wing in 2014.
Image: The new research centre will be situated at 20 Guildford Street in central London. Photo: Courtesy of Stanton Williams Architects.