Attempts innovation at many scales
A21 Architects for The Fetal Medicine Foundation
Contract value: £20.4m
This building was donated to the NHS as a legacy project by a wealthy pioneering fetal surgeon and sets new aspirational standards for healthcare architecture. It is a brightly lit, meticulously detailed and generous building that substantially raises the bar for future NHS projects. The project attempts innovation at many scales. A carefully considered atrium, with waiting rooms on the gallery levels, provides a calm, spa-like environment.
Consultation rooms provide similarly calm, sleek spaces with in-built furniture for bins and medicines, curved wood partitions instead of plastic curtains and graphic-designed stainless steel signage. State of the art operating theatres have video links to a large auditorium for teaching purposes. This also allows pioneering surgical techniques to be broadcast all over the world. This is a truly innovative and aspirational building for all medical facilities of the future.