Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Revolutionising children patients’ care at GOSH

Octav Botnar Wing and Morgan Stanley Building, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

The most famous, and first hospital in the world, dedicated to treating sick children is undergoing a huge upgrade on its central London campus. The buildings at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children (GOSH) are coming to the end of their life, and not adequate to provide 21st century care to the 240,000 patients that visit every year.

Project details

  • Customer: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH)
  • Architect: LLewelyn, Davies Yeang (LDY) for MSC / Anshen Dyer for Octav Botnar
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald
  • Services Engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk
  • M&E Services Engineer: WSP Buildings for MSC / Arup for Octav Botnar
  • Structural Engineer: WSP Cantor Seinuk for MSC / Symonds for Octav Botnar

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20% Fact icon More children are treated in the new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building
97% Fact icon Construction waste diverted from landfill for the MSC building
£150K Fact icon Fundraised for GOSH over three years
2010 Fact icon CCS Gold Award Winner for the MSC Building

Phase 2A – Improving patient, parent and staff experience

Being at the cutting edge of treatment for sick children and babies, providing the best facilities for worried parents, and a great working environment for staff – these were the drivers for the new Morgan Stanley Clinical Building (MSC), which we completed in 2012.

The first of two new facilities to form the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, the MSC required replacing part of the ageing Southwood building, and constructing seven floors of state-of-the-art operating theatres, new cardiac, neurosciences and kidney wards, clinical investigation facilities, children’s wards, play areas and catering facilities, allowing the hospital to remain at the forefront of international paediatric care – all while minimising disruption to sick children.

The work environment for staff has improved immeasurably. Light and well-equipped staff rooms situated away from the ward allow staff to relax on breaks and the new work-stations are strategically placed to allow staff to combine work with the monitoring of patients

With a huge amount of specialist equipment, keeping building running costs low is a priority for GOSH. We improved the building’s natural ventilation to maximise comfort and installed a glazed façade to increase natural light, reducing operational costs.

By choosing healthy materials for the interior finish, the building has the best healthy environment possible, and gained a NHS Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT) rating of Excellent.

GOSH were also joint winners of the award for ‘Best Environmental Strategy’ in the Estates and Facilities Management Class of the Better Building Healthcare Awards in 2008.

See the impact the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building has made on care in this GOSH video
Phase 1 - The benchmark building for a 20 year redevelopment
In 2006, we built the first new building for the 20 year phased redevelopment, the £52 million Octav Botnar Wing.

At seven storeys high, it includes a daycare centre for day treatments, an orthopaedic ward for nursing children after surgery, an international patient care centre, and a biomedical engineering centre where equipment is adapted and maintained, 100% single rooms for inpatients, and two operating centres.

We built these around two atrium courtyards, providing plenty of natural light and built a roof-top garden for staff to relax in.

The Octav Botnar win won the London Borough of Camden’s ‘Built in Quality’ Award in the Large Commercial building category in 2005, a testament to the high-quality finish throughout.