Anshen + Allen Associates, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Laing O’Rourke Construction were the winning team in the competition to design a new Cancer Treatment Centre for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Architects and contractors were required to collaborate from day one, and the competition followed a multi-stage process which at the final stage invited teams to come up with design concepts for the new building.
Anshen + Allen/Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners/Laing O’Rourke’s winning design is based around the idea of breaking the building down into five three-storey ‘villages’ stacked up on the corner of the site. The judges concluded this to be an intelligent and well-considered design, offering a clear strategy that will allow the building to respond to short, mid- and long-term change.
The competition allowed teams to engage with the client team, clinical staff, and end users of the building during the design phase. An extensive consultation exercise was held before the final judging session. As well as the ‘village’ idea, a key attraction of the winning scheme was its open and welcoming feel, and consideration of human scale for the user.