Evelina London continues to grow

Posted on Thursday 9th July 2020
The exterior of Evelina London hospital with summer flowers

The exterior of the current Evelina London hospital building, which opened in 2005

We have begun the next phase of development plans to help meet the growing demand for our services.

Exciting plans have been announced to provide life-changing care for more children and young people at Evelina London.

Evelina London already provides an extensive range of specialist services for children with rare and complex conditions. Uniquely in London, Evelina London's hospital is co-located with maternity and other adult services at Guy’s and St Thomas’, enabling the Trust to provide care and research from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life. Evelina London was the first children’s hospital to be rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and the expertise of our teams has been widely recognised during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our future plans will create additional state-of-the-art facilities, so that we can treat even more of the sickest and most complex patients.

Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, said: “Since opening our child friendly building in 2005, the number of patients we care for each year has grown significantly.

“Evelina London needs to grow so that we can continue to provide outstanding healthcare for children and young people. These developments will ensure we meet their needs now and in the future as the number of patients needing the specialist care and expertise that our teams provide continues to increase.”

Over the past 10 years, demand for our expert services and family-friendly care has grown rapidly, doubling inpatient activity and more than doubling outpatient activity.  A series of new developments are now planned to meet existing and future demand, improving facilities for patients, their families and staff.

The development plans include:

  • A new dedicated children’s day surgery centre adjacent to our existing hospital, which will open in 2022 to increase capacity for planned diagnostic and surgical procedures
  • A major extension to our existing hospital, providing extra capacity with operating theatres, advanced diagnostic facilities and inpatient floors. 
  • Relocation of our outpatients to a new building on the neighbouring Royal Street site, maximising the number of patients who can stay in our main hospital buildings.

Dr Ian Abbs, Chief Executive at Guy's and St Thomas', said: “These developments are part of ambitious plans that will benefit patients in south London, south east England and beyond, to create one of the leading comprehensive children’s hospitals in Europe.

“They will also drive clinical innovation by providing space for leading edge research and technology to advance treatments for children and young people.”

Who we are working with

The day surgery centre will be constructed by leading UK construction group, Morgan Sindall. 

Linkcity, the development arm of construction company Bouygues UK, has been appointed as the preferred development partner for the expansion of the existing hospital on a site adjacent to the hospital and opposite the Lambeth Palace Library. They will deliver a new ‘shell and core’ building suitable for clinical and non-clinical use in different configurations, as needs change during the life of the building.

Linkcity’s proposal has been developed with architects Hawkins Brown, engineers Aecom and Ramboll, and planning consultants Montagu Evans.

Architects NBBJ have been selected to design the interior of the building, working with the clinical teams. NBBJ have experience of designing state of the art children’s hospitals across the world.