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Proposals for Barts  

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Artist's impression of the historic square at Barts, restored to its former glory as a pedestrian piazza

Barts Hospital will become a Cancer and Cardiac Centre of Excellence, incorporating services from The London Chest Hospital. The state-of-the-art facilities for cancer will include a Breast Care Centre, and patients will be investigated or treated for heart disease using the most up-to-date equipment.

Minor injuries will continue to be treated at Barts, and Sexual Health Services, the Trust's Centre for Reproductive Medicine and an integrated rehabilitation unit will also be located at the hospital.

  • The hospital environment has been designed with airy glass atria, pedestrian piazzas and landscaped gardens, to create a warm, safe, welcoming and healing sanctuary from the bustling urban environment of the City.
  • The proposals for Barts, together with those for The Royal London, will be able to provide a total of up to 1,248 beds. More than 40% of the beds will be single rooms with ensuite facilities; the remainder, in roomy four-bedded bays. Wards will be light and airy, with separate facilities for women and men.
  • The proposals for Barts blend the hospital’s historic Georgian buildings with the modern architecture of a new building designed for 21st -century clinical care. The hospital will benefit from a clear focal point of access and main reception.
  • The upward construction of the first half of the new building is due to get underway in the next few weeks, following early demolition and piling works.  The new hospital is expected to be fully completed by 2015, with major elements ready beforehand, including the new cancer facility in 2010.

A landmark building for the City


The new building at Barts will replace the existing King George V Block and the now demolished Queen Mary Wing and will complement the Grade-I listed architecture of the remaining buildings.  It will be finished in Portland stone to blend into the historic setting and the St Paul's skyline will be protected.

Considerate Construction

The redevelopment plans include measures to minimise disruption and inconvenience to patients and local residents during construction. These include specially designed screens and shrouded scaffolds.


The new hospital is also being designed for energy efficiency – using the ventilation system to maximise heat recovery, and energy-efficient services equipment. Skanska Innisfree will work with the Trust to explore other innovative and cost effective energy solutions. 


Artist's impression of Barts radiotherapy reception

Skanska Innisfree will be responsible for maintaining the buildings to high standards, ensuring that the quality is maintained throughout the duration of the contract. 

Conservation Measures

Within the overall urban design strategy, the existing buildings have been sensitively refurbished with specific focus on restoring the Square from which parking will be removed, restoring it to its 18th century status as a pedestrian space for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and staff. The restoration plan incorporates the fountain and its adjacent shelters and lamp standards. 

The contemporary landscaping proposals, including repaving the Square to the facades of the buildings, will add a new dimension to this important civic space whilst enhancing the Smithfield Conservation Area.