HOK led the design for Royal Papworth Hospital’s new home on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, a research hub set to become one of the world’s leading centers for science and healthcare discovery. The new 300-bed facility embraces the history and mission of the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as one of Europe’s leading centers for heart and lung care.
The hospital’s striking architectural form and scenic landscaped grounds welcome patients and families onto the property. That welcoming atmosphere continues inside, with the building’s two central atria drawing warm and calming natural light deep into waiting areas and other public spaces.
The design further enhances the Trust’s model of care by creating separate zones for ambulatory or outpatient care, emergency services, and diagnostic and treatment functions. The clear distinction of these areas creates an environment that is easy-to-navigate, streamlines admissions and allows for efficient patient transfers.
The hospital’s park-like setting features green spaces organized around a duck pond (a cherished feature from the old location) that provide patients, family and staff a link to nature that aids in the healing process.
Royal Papworth’s new hospital offers patients immediate access to a range of services and also helps attract leading clinicians and researchers.
HOK delivered the hospital in partnership with development and construction firm Skanska.