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          New Royal London Children's Hospital Design Competition
          RIBA, Vital Arts
        • Category
        • International
        • Type
        • Open, two-stage
        • Registration Deadline
        • 09/15/2010
        • Submission Deadline
        • 09/15/2010
        • Open To
        • Architect-led teams
        • Entry Fee
        • GBP 35
        • Awards
        • Design Commission to winner and GBP 4,000 to each second stage finalist
        • Jury
        • Renato Benedetti, Anne Mullins, Debra Day, Crispin Walkin Lea, a Skanska Representative and an HOK representative
        • Address
        • RIBA Competitions, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds, LS2 7PS
        • Email
        • Competition E-Mail
        • Web Site
        • Competition Web Site
        • Phone
        • ++44 (0) 113 2341335
        • Fax
        • ++44 (0) 113 2460744
        • Description
        • There are two prominent spaces within the new Children's Hospital;

          The Play Space which is a double-height area between the 7th and 8th floors and the Children's Roof Garden, also between the 7th and 8th floors. As two of the few open circulatory areas in the new hospital as a whole, the Play Space and Roof Garden have the potential to become key facilities for the Children's Hospital. Both areas are dedicated spaces for young patients (aged 6 months – 18 years) and their families. This project offers the opportunity to create dynamic spaces that would dramatically improve the well being of patients and staff.

          The Internal Play Space will need to accommodate a wide range of activities and needs. The area will be used for group activities and by children and young people independently. It will be an area for spectacle with performances and events as well as for quiet time and solitary activities.

          The Children's Hospital Roof Garden is the only outdoor garden space in the new hospital and is therefore an essential therapeutic resource for the 40,000 paediatric patients, their visitors and staff. The therapeutic benefits of gardens has long been recognised and recent scientific research by the Wellcome Trust has proven the connection between attractive and well maintained gardens and courtyards in hospitals and the accelerated recovery rate and general well being of patients who have access to or views of nature.

          We are looking for practical yet dynamic designs to suit the multiple needs of patients. Much of the new hospital design is constrained by being part of a very large PFI-financed building programme. These two spaces, as they are on a smaller scale and outside the building design contract, offer design teams the opportunity to create spaces that are contemporary, beautiful and innovative. They will be signature spaces for the Trust and high profile.

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