Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children

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Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

Greater London

Local Authority Area

Camden

Information about this scheme

Dedicated to delivering world class research together with new treatments and therapies, the Zayed Centre for Research is a paediatric facility of global significance and a new urban beacon of science and care. The state-of-the-art building brings together, for the first time, 500 scientists, clinicians and academics from Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London. Recently the building has also been playing an important role in COVID-19 testing and research that will inform local and national public health planning. The purpose-built space brings together pioneering research and clinical care under one roof, supporting translational research, whilst prioritising the experience of children and building users, alongside the values of collaboration, curiosity and innovation. The design reimagines the clinical setting as a holistic space where science, city and human lives come together. The Centre is a prominent new addition to London’s Knowledge Quarter and the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, sitting just steps away from both GOSH and UCL. The public-facing research facility celebrates the often ‘invisible’ work of researchers and clinicians and their vital contribution to society. Placing science on show, a transparent ground floor gives prominence to the activities inside the laboratories, visible from all sides within the Centre as well as from the street outside. The scheme prioritises the wellbeing of staff and patients, using tactile, natural materials and engaging artwork to create a welcoming setting with a non-clinical character. Vistas have been created both through the building and out to embrace the benefits of daylight and views of nature, making the most of the Centre’s proximity to the green spaces of Coram’s Fields. External terraces, planted with medicinal plants, have been provided for patients and staff for socialising and relaxing, also enhancing the scheme’s biodiversity. This complex project with multiple stakeholders was characterised by extensive consultation with staff, users and neighbours – resulting in a world-class facility that has been designed with specialist input from an Accessibility Consultant to provide a welcoming, inclusive and accessible environment throughout.

Credits

Architect

Stanton Williams

Client

Great Ormond Street Hospital and UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health

Main Contractor

Skanska

Structural Engineer

Pell Frischmann

M&E Engineers

Hoare Lea

Sustainability Consultant

Hoare Lea

Landscape Architect

Bradley Hole-Schoenaich Landscape

Façade Engineering

Eckersley O’Callaghan

Traffic Engineers

Pell Frischmann

Healthcare Planning and ADB Consultant

MJ Medical

GMP Validation Consultant

Exmoor Pharma

Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner & Theobald

Project Manager

Gardiner & Theobald

Planning Consultant

DP9

Access Consultant

All Clear Designs

BREEAM

Hoare Lea

Arboricultural Consultant

Simon Jones Associates

CDMC

Turner & Townsend (Principal Designer)

Ecology Consultant

Ecology Solutions

Rights of Light, Daylight and Sunlight Consultant

GVA Schatunowski Brooks

Educational and Interactive Installations

Designmap

Medical Equipment and Furnishings

MTS Health

Arts Consultant

GOSH Arts

Artist

Dana Al Mazrouei

Artist

Mark Titchner

Artist

Random international

Acoustic Consultant

Hoare Lea

Fire Engineering

Hoare Lea

Primary Use Class

Class B1 - Business