9th October 2015

We are in the news again - bdonline features Hospital win

HKS has been appointed to spearhead the architectural team for the West Midlands’ new 670-bed super hospital, with Edward Williams Architects leading on the design.

Carillion, which has been selected as preferred bidder for the £297m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick, has appointed the US-based multinational as architectural project lead.

HKS leads a team also comprising Edward Williams and health specialist practice Sonnemann Toon Architects as architectural design and clinical leads respectively.

The new Midland Metropolitan, boasting 15 operating theatre suites, will merge two existing hospitals in Sandwell and Smethwick.

The hospital’s features will also include a fully enclosed winter garden, secure car parking within the hospital building and fully separated clinical and non-clinical services.

Financial close on the project is expected around the end of 2015 with construction due to start early in 2016. Completion is scheduled for mid-2018, with the hospital opening later in the year.

Edward Williams, which was established by the eponymous ex-Hopkins Architects equity partner four years ago, is also currently working on a £250 million proton beam unit for University College Hospital in London.

The Midland Metropolitan hospital was granted planning approval by Sandwell council’s planning committee last month.