Structural design of a healthcare building Fetal Medicine Foundation

The Fetal Medicine Research Institute is a 5,255m² centre of excellence for Fetal Medicine occupied by the Fetal Medicine Foundation and King’s College Hospital serving more than 10,000 patients each year.

A new 5 storey RC frame to one side of a glass roofed atria and a steel frame within an existing Georgian terrace on the other. The centre has a two storey basement housing an auditoria.

Unique Factors:

The building is a ‘tour de force’ of structural engineering with pre-stressed beams over the auditoria, 5m cantilevered floors punched with a scenic lift, bridges, 14m propped cantilever bespoke steel roof arches to precast concrete feature arches supported offsteel tubes through the frameless glass.

A real structural challenge, with not one column on top of another floor to floor and the main core punched with triangular formed windows. all built in very difficult ground conditions with the base­ment displacing the high water table and creating an uplift similar to the self-weight of the RC frame.