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Proposals for The Royal London

An artist's impression of the proposed new square at The Royal London, which will rival that of the British Museum forecourt in scale, with the softer and more sculpted new hospital buildings to the right
An artist's impression of the proposed new square at The Royal London, which will rival that of the British Museum forecourt in scale, with the softer and more sculpted new hospital buildings to the right

Download Proposed site plan for The Royal London.

The Royal London Hospital provides district general hospital services for the City and Tower Hamlets and specialist tertiary care services for patients from across London and beyond. Britain’s biggest new hospital will include London’s leading trauma and emergency care centre, one of Europe’s largest renal services and one of the UK's biggest paediatric services, provided within a dedicated Women and Children’s Hospital.   

The much-needed redevelopment of The Royal London will transform the hospital experience for patients with state-of-the-art facilities and standards of care to rival the best in Europe. 

  • The proposals for The Royal London, together with those for Barts, 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 will be light and airy, with separate facilities for women and men. Friends and relatives will be able to stay in overnight rooms located close by.
  • The hospital environment has been designed to be warm, safe, welcoming and healing. Airy glass atria, pedestrian piazzas and landscaped open spaces will create a sanctuary from the bustling urban environment of Whitechapel.
  • The proposals include the creation of beautiful new public spaces, including a major new civic square on the scale of the forecourt of the British Museum and a performance art space.
  • The upward construction of the new buildings is now well underway following the earlier demolition of several unused buildings on the hospital campus - the core shafts, around which the new buildings will be constructed, are already visible on the east London skyline and are due to reach their full height by the end of the summer.
  • The new hospital is expected to be fully completed by 2015, with 75% of The Royal London redevelopment ready by early 2012.

A landmark building for east London

Architecture

The new hospital at The Royal London will feature a cluster of inter-connected contemporary glass buildings, including two towers, one equipped with the helipad for London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), which is based at the hospital.

The new development will replace the now demolished old buildings with a coherent structure, purpose-built to support the delivery of 21st-century clinical care. It will be sympathetic to the hospital’s historic buildings, which will be retained, and landscaping will greatly enhance the link across Whitechapel Road to the tube station. 

Considerate Construction

Artist's impression of a ward in the new hospital
Artist's impression of a ward in the new hospital

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

Efficient

In contrast to the existing buildings, which have had to adapt to the demands of modern health care, the new hospitals are being designed for 21st-century clinical functionality. At the heart of the Skanska Innisfree approach is an innovative concept that clusters support service delivery facilities in hubs serving zones comprising suites of beds or departments in order to minimise disruption to clinical activities. 

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. 

Quality

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