Scheme has £1.2bn pricetag

Work on a new US hospital designed by Fosters & Partners has begun.

The $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) scheme for the University of Pennsylvania is being built on the former site of Penn Tower in Philadelphia.

The Pavilion on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus will include 500 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms in a 1.5 million sq m, 16-storey facility. It will also house in-patient care for cancer, heart and vascular medicine and surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as a new accident and emergency department.


University of Penn hospital

The building will be 16 storeys high when finished


Foster’s, whose chairman Norman Foster was this week estimated to have a personal fortune of £170 million by the latest Sunday Times Rich List, is part of a consortium building the scheme which also includes UK contractor Balfour Beatty and US architect HDR.