London Institute of Healthcare Engineering
A new building situated within St Thomas’ campus of Kings College London which will bring together research excellence, leading clinical practice and the medtech sector’s commercial innovation power and talent, engaging multinationals, SMEs and start-ups simultaneously.
BREEAM Excellent | GLA | Energy Statement | DSM
Working alongside HLM Architects, Viro were appointed at RIBA Stage 1 to provide BREEAM and building physics services. Viro assisted the design process by undertaking Dynamic Simulation Modelling to enhance the design through passive measures. A particular analysis was undertaken on the façade, ensuring internal daylight levels were optimised whilst mitigating any risk of overheating.
The early-stage modelling worked in tandem with the Greater London Authority (GLA) energy & sustainability requirements.
A key feature of the building is a ‘collaboration’ staircase. The staircase is a key aspect of the design concept. Not only is it a very efficient arrangement, the prominent position of the stairs with its associated break-out areas and biophilic features – including timber finishes and a ‘living wall’ of plants that goes the full height of the building, creating interesting natural light effects inside – makes it an appealing space and this encourages building users to use it rather than the lifts.
Viro have continued on the scheme through RIBA Stages 3,4 & 5, supporting the contractor with evidence gathering and ensuring the scheme achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Kings College London