MICA Architects modernising medical heritage
Model of MICA Architects' renovation of St Thomas' Campus - King's College, London
We are delighted that MICA Architects will be joining our ‘Healthy Cities’ forum at Apothecaries’ Hall, London on 30th January.
Director, Gavin Miller will talk about the firm’s project with King’s College, London to develop one of its prime properties to increase space for health education and training.
This is an important project at a time when some NHS Trusts are finding it hard to renovate and manage their estate buildings because of increasing costs. Many buildings are historic in nature but need to work hard to fulfil modern day medical needs and training programmes.
On a unique site between the Palace of Westminster and Lambeth Palace Gardens, the former victorian medical school is at the southern end of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital campus and the project aims to regenerate under-utilised buildings.
Sensitive to the heritage assets in the area, the more recent and modern Prideaux building will be removed so that the historic elements of the old buildings can be viewed.
A new addition to the site is proposed with a double basement providing a large flexible space with lecture theatre allowing for medical conferences with wider benefits for GSST and the local community. Spill out open spaces are also part of the design with daylight flowing in from a light-well.
The scheme was approved by Lambeth’s Planning application committee in September 2016.
Gavin has over 20 years’ experience in architecture and urban design, finding successful solutions to projects in often highly challenging and sensitive settings. He has led a wide range of commissions ranging from the cultural master planning at Greenwich Maritime, the South Bank Centre and the Lyric Hammersmith.
In the educational area, he has worked on the masterplans for the University of Lincoln, Southampton and East London among others. His expertise has also led to commissions for Barking Town Centre, Pudding Mill Lane and Milton Keynes.