The redevelopment of the Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel, the U.K.’s leading trauma and emergency care center, re-confirms the medical facility’s standing as one of Britain’s most state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.
As part of a Skanska-led P3 team, HOK developed a design solution that expanded the hospital vertically, creating a more compact footprint with valuable adjacencies. The cluster of interconnected, contemporary glass buildings includes a pair of 17-story towers, one equipped with a helipad for London’s Air Ambulance, and a 10-story tower. These new patient towers express the hospital’s focus on the future while respecting existing historic buildings that date back to the 18th century.
The new hospital has 1,248 beds, with 40 percent of them in private rooms. Patient wards are naturally ventilated. In addition to hosting Europe’s largest kidney treatment facility, the hospital includes a dedicated unit for women and children with London’s second-largest pediatric service.
The hospital also provides general services for the City of London and Tower Hamlets. Its new facilities form a health campus incorporating the neighboring Queen Mary University of London’s Medical School, the School of Midwifery and the Dental Hospital.