When completed in 2012 the Royal London Hospital will be the largest new hospital in the UK. This 905-bed facility will provide Londons principal trauma and emergency centre and the citys second largest paediatric unit, as well as 100 other specialist medical departments including the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. The Royal Londons new building is being conﬁgured as a pair of 20 storey towers containing 6,225 rooms across 1.2 million sq ft of ﬂoorspace. The architects (appointed as a result of a design competition) are part of a design and delivery team led by a principal contractor operating under conditions speciﬁed by the UK governments Private Finance Initiative. The project is, therefore, politically and ﬁnancially complex, as well as technically demanding. Highly coordinated computing systems based around interoperability and the principles of building information modelling have enabled this consortium to create a coherent design which minimises waste and duplication, reduces risk and allows different solutions to be explored quickly and robustly.
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