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Analysis And Comment

Green buildings

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1389
  1. Lynn Eaton (, journalist1
  1. 1 London SE22 9AL

    The new wing at Lewisham Hospital looks set to be a shining example of environmentally friendly building. The trust's medical director Robin Stott1 and senior managers were committed to sustainability and wanted to use the most energy efficient methods, incorporate materials that could be recycled at the end of the building's planned 30 year life, and give something back to the local community. It's an indicator of Dr Stott's green credentials that he became rather tetchy when I suggested driving over to see the building site, saying he would prefer me to use public transport.

    The new 419 bed block is crammed into the existing hospital site, between the main road and small Ravensbourne river. The seven storey building (eight if you include the plant room on the roof) cleverly follows the curves of the river. There is a small park on the other bank, which would take the bulk of any flood water should the levels ever rise too high. The first floor of the building is about 5 metres above the height of the river, reducing the effect of any potential flooding. The building began in July 2004 and the hospital is due to open in November 2006, at a cost of £58m (€85m, $109m).

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