• Project Title: Fetal Medicine Centre of Excellence

  • Client: The Fetal Medicine Foundation

  • Architect: A21

  • Structural Engineer: D2E

  • Services Engineer: Troup Bywaters & Anderson

  • Project Value: £21million

Construction of a 5,000m2 Centre of Excellence for Fetal Medicine for the Fetal Medicine Foundation (Harley Street) to be operated by King's College Hospital. This building rehouses the world-leading clinical unit and research ccentre, in a high quality hospital environment.

The project involved the redevelopment of No. 16-20 Windsor Walk, a row of four storey unoccupied terraced houses, which were run down and in need of extensive repair. With the design in keeping with the Area’s conservation principles, the front façade of the row of terraces was retained, repaired and refurbished. The remainder of the buildings were part demolished/part retained and the new four storey clinical and research centre constructed in their place. The retained façade of the former terraced houses now forms the south elevation of the new building.

The new building includes lecture theatres, laboratories, medical consulting and treatment rooms, with associated management facilities, providing outpatient care and research facilities for a New Fetal Medicine Faculty and Clinic for King’s College Hospital.

Perhaps the most technically challenging aspect of this project was the installation of four full height pre-cast concrete feature arches. Each feature arch was manufactured off-site and brought to site in 9 sections. Temporary support structures were installed from ground to first floor to hold the first sections of the feature arches while the subsequent sections were crane lifted, guided and slotted into place, followed by extension of the support structures to accommodate the following section and so on until the arches were installed. In reality this was a difficult task, there was no allowance for slippage between sections of the arches and to result with a less than 1mm difference at any point of the four arches was an incredible achievement.

During the demolition phase, a substantial number of bricks were retained and reclaimed. The London stock bricks were carefully collected, shrink wrapped or bagged and transported off site for storage until they were required for the new build, at which time they were transported back to site.

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