Kseniya SHkroban

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28FEB 2012

Guys Approaches / heatherwick studio

Posted in Architecture - Healthcare by Kseniya SHkroban | Tags: Approach, UK, Healthcare

Occupying a central London site next to London Bridge Station, the approaches to Guy’s Hospital were confused and congested resulting in the main entrance being hard to find.

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A range of problems were identified: Great Maze Pond Road being used as a cut-through for cars; narrow pavements with high volumes of pedestrians; no designated drop-offs for patients or visitors; no secure cycle storage; the unsightly boiler house adjacent to the main entrance suffering from decay.

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The scheme, commissioned in 2005 and completed in 2007, captured a scope of works to address these issues for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff. Much of the scheme consists of functional, pragmatic moves, which create space for a focal point, in this instance provided by Boiler Suit – a bespoke tiled cladding system wrapping around the boiler house.

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Boiler Suit is fabricated from high grade stainless steel frames, with braid woven through as the “warp”.

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The 108 tiles are geometrically identical, with 17 variants required to accommodate specific junctions.

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The tiles are a secondary façade system that is demountable and allows the machinery to vent through, whilst framed reveals shade the large windows on the south façade to reduce solar gain..

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The Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust



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