Kingston Hospital – Demolition of the Regents Wing, Pain and Diabetes Building
Demolition of the Regents Wing, Pain and Diabetes Building and part demolition of the command centre at Kingston Hospital and the erection of a part 4, 6 and 8 storey building comprising 128 self contained apartments with associated care and communal facilities. Together with the provision of 61 car parking spaces including 18 disabled parking bays
The architectural development is still at a fairly early stage, but its current appearanceis more of a generic, commercial building, than a residential community and lacks the distinctiveness of the Regent Wing or its neighbours.
It is not clear whether the development will feel part of the hospital, or more obviously separate. We think the scheme could usefully pick up on the history of the former workhouse and apply it creatively in the design narrative. Another approach might be to look to traditional forms of community living such as almshouses or colleges, where cloisters or ambulatories attractively interconnect internal and external shared spaces.
It might be helpful to relax the rigid geometry a little, to avoid it appearing as a single object building in the landscape. The way the building meets the existing retaining wall to the north needs careful handling.