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1415 - The Pears Building, Royal Free Hospital

London

Royal Free Hospital in collaboration with University College London have commissioned Willmott Dixon to construct a new £45 million world class research facility, patient accommodation and office space in the grounds of the Hampstead campus. 

Designed by Hopkins Architects, the scheme involves the construction of a new exposed concrete framed structure over five storeys, and a two storey steel frame on top, to replace the existing two storey carpark structure.

HTS are working with a number of stakeholders in close collaboration with the design team on this complex development, with careful consideration given to delivering the state of the art new research facilities.

Technical challenges include the restricted site, sloping terrain, variable ground conditions, SUDS integration and construction sequence. Noting the sloping site the two lower levels are cut into the slope requiring a 9 metre dig. HTS have worked closely with geotechnical specialists A-Squared to ensure the design has minimal impact to surrounding property by ensuring a maximum damage category of zero on the Burland Scale.

The project has been designed to respond sensitively to the surrounding landscape and aims to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Client: Royal Free Hospital CharityArchitect: Hopkins Architects

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