New QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City

Open and well lit interior will help patients

· Credit: Tim Crocker

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.

  • · Credit: Tim Crocker
  • · Credit: Tim Crocker
  • · Credit: Tim Crocker
  • · Credit: Tim Crocker

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. 

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