Critical Care Unit at Charing Cross Hospital London

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Designed by Tangram Architects

The new Critical Care Centre at the Charing Cross Hospital in West London opened in the Summer of 2002. The unit is situated on the 11th floor of the main tower, occupies 800m2 and provides 12 beds, each with a very high level of servicing and support.

A great deal of attention has been paid to the selection of finishes and the quality of the detailing. The entrance hall is paved with French limestone and the reception desk top made from black marble: it is difficult to believe that this is an NHS publicly funded unit.

The overall concept for the clinical spaces is the creation of spacious, open and uncluttered areas – difficult in such a highly serviced environment. Ceilings are as high as possible and the individual pressurised rooms are separated from the main space by full-height glazed partitions. Infection control measures include sandblasted glass sinks throughout.

Perceptions have been stretched and a quality of interior achieved which surpasses expectations. The unit is unique in the UK and sets the benchmark for new standards in critical care in the public sector.

The following pictures are from a display board that was exhibited as part of Architects for Health’s contribution to HOSPEX 2002 in Japan

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