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Friday18 August 2017

Hopkins completes Tommy's reclad

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St Thomas’s 1966 tower suffered water ingress and solar gain

Hopkins Architects has completed the £21 million recladding of the 1966 east wing at St Thomas’s Hospital in central London.

The practice beat AHMM, David Morley Architects, Denton Corker Marshall, Grimshaw and Penoyre & Prasad to land the job in 2010.

It involved the retention and refurbishment of the existing facade on the 13-storey tower which stands across the Thames from Parliament.

This facade was made from slate, teak, stainless steel and ceramic tiles but had suffered from water ingress, excessive solar gain and inadequate lift capacity.

Hopkins added new glazed cladding, creating a double-skinned façade along the building’s western side and two new atria along the east, housing new bed lifts and an art installation.

Hopkins said the project was completed without significant disruption to the hospital, which remained in use throughout the construction process.

It continues Hopkins Architects’ long-term work at St Thomas’ campus, which began in 2003 with the neighbouring Stirling-shortlisted Evelina Children’s Hospital.

 

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  • Snazzy

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  • Its very clever...it makes the building appear smaller although increasing the footprint, beautifully composed.

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  • Cheers BD Online for all the before and afters!
    I felt rather spoilt!

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    This is surely like putting lipstick on a pig.

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  • No it's not.

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  • @SSMN

    Yes, I'm afraid that was the first thing that came to mind, not to criticise Hopkins intervention. I guess it was never going to win any beauty contests...

    Speaking of which, I do hope there are sufficient supplies of lipstick for that ridiculous rubbish proposed for Paddington.

    It's going to need to need huge and repeated applications to try and hide the deficiencies of that architectural embarrassment.

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  • Its good but the rest is a mess. Restore the St Thomas's pavilions along the river and demolish the horrible white tiled monstrosity opposite parliament.

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    I have an even better idea: move that hospital somewhere else, demolish this building, and build a new up-to-date Houses of Parliament connected to Whitehall by a tunnel under the river. Don't ask me what to do with the existing Parliament. Not interested.

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