Guys Approaches

Heatherwick Studio, London, 2007


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  • Site plan    
  • Section through panels and reveals    
  • South and west elevations    
  • Cladding panel plans and elevations    

Wrap of a boiler house with a bespoke tiled cladding system to create a focal point at the entrance to Guy’s Hospital

The project forms part of a wider plan to rationalise the confused and congested approaches to the main hospital entrance. It functions as both a focal point on the site and as a signpost to the main entrance.

The Boiler Suit facade that wraps the boiler house consists of 108 tiles that are geometrically identical with 17 variants that were required to accommodate specific junctions.

The tiles, which are fabricated from high grade stainless steel frames, with braid woven through them, are demountable to allow for maintenance of the boiler house. The design also incorporates windows at street level to allow views into the boiler house to make a feature of the industrial function of this building.


  • Completed: Jul 2007
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £2.3M
  • Tender date: 2005
  • Address: Guys Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT, United Kingdom

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