Duke of York opens Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital's outpatient centre

A £5m outpatient centre designed by HOK’s for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital has been opened by the Duke of York in London.

The centre, developed by Ridgeford Properties and Manhattan Loft Corporation, will treat many of the nation’s acute spinal injuries most complex orthopaedic conditions.

The building spans three floors and boasts the latest healthcare facilities within its clinics, imaging (both X-ray and ultrasound), orthotics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pre-operative assessment and plaster theatre.

The design of the building is masonry composite, punctuated by vertical bay windows fabricated from anodised aluminium and glass.

The street elevations are clad with Caliza Capri limestone while in contrast, the elevations overlooking the courtyard are clad in light coloured zinc tiles, to reflect the sun and maximise light.

The facility boasts public artwork in the form of two-storey glass fins on the south and west wing of the building. The glass fins display MRI scans that have been transposed to create shadowy and transparent ‘hands’ that meet at the corner of the building.