The Sight and Sound Centre will be the first dedicated medical facility for children with sight and hearing loss in the UK. Patients with these conditions currently represent the largest outpatient group in the hospital, making up 25,000 patient visits each year.
The grade II listed building will include specialist facilities for outpatients, state-of-the-art soundproofed booths for hearing tests, an eye imaging suite, a dispensing opticians as well as a garden designed with all senses in mind, allowing children to see touch and smell the plants.
Construction is due to start in the Autumn of 2018, and is expected to be completed in 18 months with the centre due to open in 2020.
Commenting on the award Cliff Thomas, managing director for Kier Construction London, said: “GOSH is globally recognised as an innovative healthcare centre for children and we’re very proud to be working on this project.
“We have extensive experience in the healthcare sector, having built over £2bn worth of medical facilities in the past 13 years and we are looking forward to delivering the UK’s first medical centre for children with hearing and sight loss.”
The Hospital’s Chief Executive Dr Peter Steer said: “More than 8,000 children and young people with sight and hearing loss come to the hospital each year and our current facilities do not cater for their needs. The Sight and Sound Centre will improve care by bringing clinicians supporting these children together in one place and vastly improve the patient experience by creating an environment tailor made to these patients’ needs.”
This win for Kier is its latest in the health sector and reinforces its leading position in providing healthcare buildings.
The cost of the building is being met through charitable donations, with a £10million pledge made from Premier Inn and Restaurants.