London hospital to be given new lease of life with eco-cladding
A London hospital tower has had its application for new exterior cladding unanimously approved by local councillors.
Guy’s Hospital tower, in Southwark, was built in 1974 near London Bridge station and at 142.6 metres, was at one point the tallest hospital building in the world.
However, after reporting lacklustre energy efficiency figures and wasting funds on heating, the hospital applied to have energy efficient cladding installed – a request that Southwark Town councillors unanimously agreed on.
‘Origami’ style design
The tower will now be able to benefit from a so-called ‘origami’ style design, where external cladding will protect the building from the elements for many year to come, whilst still insulating the rooms inside. Work on the tower is aiming to be completed by Autumn 2013.
Speaking to london-se1.co.uk, architect Greg Peynore explained: “[The tower] is in a very important location in a rapidly changing part of London [and] it’s a culturally significant building.
Cladding as a “jacket for the tower”
“Our approach has been both to give this building a new lease of life and also to bring out the best qualities of the existing design.”
Speaking to building.co.uk about the proposal, architect Neil Allfrey explained how the cladding would act as a “jacket for the tower” and “accentuate the fact that the tower is one whole made of two parts.”