The concept appears simple, yet belies the complexity of the operations and the coordination of the healthcare requirements that need to function. Many of the children need multiple services and finding their way around easily and being in touch with the outside was picked up directly from a comment by a parent at the first briefing, about getting lost in narrow dark hospital corridors. The garden courtyard is a focal point for way-finding, bringing natural light and nature in, and contributing to the wellbeing of everyone using the building.
This is a truly amazing building, impressively and imaginatively designed, which will make an enormous difference to our staff and the families using it. It marks a new standard that all newly commissioned buildings should aspire to.
BRIAN LYMBERY, CHAIR (AT THE TIME) OF LEWISHAM PRIMARY CARE TRUST