The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust in association with the RIBA, invited submissions for a single stage international open ideas competition for the design of an innovative sculptural piece to mark the entrance to the new BECaD building at Central Middlesex Hospital. The BECaD (Brent Emergency Care and Diagnostic Centre) building is a PFI project designed by HLM and Avanti Architects and is due to be completed in Spring 2006. The new piece of sculpture will act as a landmark beacon and reflect the essence of this new urban hospital and its multicultural communities.
A shortlist of five schemes was selected from the open first stage. These were exhibited anonymously as part of a public consultation exercise in advance of the final assessment, held on the 29th November.
A first prize of £3,000 has been awarded to Nick Coombe Architects for his 'The Daughters of Eve', 19 sculptural pieces based on the mtDNA barcode that is claimed to trace ancestry back to a person living 150,000 years ago. A second prize of £1,500 was awarded to Kenji Kobayashi, Sculptor and Landscape Architect from Japan and a third prize of £1,000 to Studiostopa, Germany, a team effort from Architect, Architect Student, and Sculptor.
Two schemes by Hugh Cullum Architect and Maria Charalampidou, BArch were highly commended.