The great and the green...

Monday 18 Apr 2011

UK's 'greenest' hospital wing under construction at Great Ormond Street

Great Ormond Street Hospital selected Llewelyn Davies Yeang (LDY) to design and implement the second of its four-phase redevelopment programme. Construction of the new, £300m Mittal Children's Medical Centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH) began in 2009, which is on target to become the UK's ‘greenest' medical building to date.

The firm's integrated planning, urban design and architecture approach has provided the hospital with the comprehensive services required to obtain expeditious approval of the proposed projects, and to move quickly into final design and construction. To this end, LDY's advice towards the formulation, negotiation, presentation and submission of a comprehensive Energy Strategy and Energy Demand Assessment for the project, as required by the London Plan and supplementary policies, has played a major part in obtaining approval from the Mayor of London for the project, and the subsequent submission of the detailed Planning Application for the project to Camden Council.

The scheme is estimated to offset in excess of 20,000 tonnes of CO² annually - the equivalent to the typical yearly carbon footprint of around 2,000 people living in the UK. These figures are based on the scheme's NEAT assessment, the health sector equivalent of BREEAM accreditation, in which the scheme has achieved an overall ‘Excellent' Rating. This is a major step forward to achieving GOSH's targets of a 120 per cent carbon reduction and 60+ per cent renewable energy contribution by 2016, when Phase 2 of the project is due to complete.

The glazed facade of the new building maximises the amount of daylight to the building's interior whilst minimising the solar gain internally. This greater level of transparency contributes to creating a comfortable environment that welcomes patients, visitors and staff whilst also forming a healing environment that aids patient recovery.

Dr. Ken Yeang, Design Director at LDY said: "We have designed the building in line with the client's desire for a deep green sustainable development. The scheme's estimated BREEAM figures are impressive in setting a new benchmark for sustainable design in the healthcare sector."

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