Five multidisciplinary teams have been shortlisted in a competition to design a £50m children’s hospital in central London.

The five architect-led teams, selected from a longlist of 10 after competitive interviews with Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust, are Kohn Pedersen Fox Cannon, Anshen Dyer, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Michael Hopkins and Partners with RKW, and Alsop & Störmer/Whichelow MacFarlane MDP.

The RIBA-run competition, advertised in the European Union’s Official Journal in June, attracted 56 initial responses. The five teams will submit designs for the 13 000 m2 children’s hospital by the end of October and a winner will be chosen in December.

The £32.4m construction cost of the new hospital is being funded by the special trustees of charity the Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust.

The new children’s hospital will house children’s wards currently located in a tower block at Guy’s, as well as those at St Thomas’s.

It will be built on the site of Riddell House, which currently houses the NHS trust’s offices.

The new hospital is part of a £100m, five-year programme of new build and refurbishment that will reconfigure the clinical services offered by the two hospitals by 2003.

A series of refurbishment projects will allow the transfer of accident and emergency services from Guy’s to St Thomas’s. Guy’s will become the planned care centre.