Open and well lit interior will help patients
Penoyre & Prasad for Assemble Community Partnership
Contract value: £22m
GIA: 8,541 m²
Sustainability Award sponsored by Sika
Three ‘L’ shaped wings of the New QEII Hospital define a central courtyard around which the main public circulation is arranged. The building’s open and well-lit interior stands in stark contrast to most similar facilities, and should go a considerable distance to help its patients.
Glazed porcelain tile cladding is lifted away from the ground plane to form a colonnade marking the two main entrance approaches. With the pitches of the roof line they acknowledge the local arts and craft heritage and provide a welcoming feel.
The jury felt that the skill of the architect in incorporating the technical requirements in a way that makes the building as stress free as possible was a fabulous achievement.