FX Magazine Features HOK’s Design of Barts Heart Centre in London
HOK master planned the Barts Hospital site and designed a new building for cancer treatment that fits in with the local architectural context.
“St Bartholomew’s Hospital, in London, universally known as Barts, sees the completion of its comprehensive redevelopment project with the creation of a specialist cancer centre in addition to the rehoming of its cardiovascular facility: the Barts Heart Centre. Undertaking the redesign was HOK, which also delivered the master planning, lead design, landscape architecture, conservation architecture and interior design among other project services.”
“The new design scheme for the Barts Heart Centre focuses on the needs of patients, staff, clinicians and visitors to reduce stress and promote healing. The centre’s central atrium fills the new building with natural light as well creating ease of orientation.”
“‘The design [also] needed to be sympathetic to the existing Georgian architecture,’ adds David King, technical principal for HOK in London. ‘The new building, for example, incorporates the retained King George V block while featuring a contemporary design of Portland stone and brick. It blends into a historic setting that includes St Paul’s Cathedral.’”
“‘The client’s design brief included the creation of a coherent, sympathetic new structure that fully addresses the historic local context while accommodating the delivery of clinical excellence,’ says King. ‘It was also important to deliver a facility that could support the delivery of flexible healthcare services that would meet changing patient requirements and be flexible to respond to the hospital’s evolving clinical strategy and advances in modern healthcare.’”