Sheppard Robson designs Nelson Mandela children’s hospital

The Manchester studio of architects Sheppard Robson has won an international competition to design the $800m Nelson Mandela children's hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sheppard Robson entered a joint proposal with London-based health specialist John Cooper Architecture.

The 200-bed paediatric facility will have eight theatres and a diagnostics centre. It will be located on the Wits education campus in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Alex Solk, healthcare specialist in the Manchester office of Sheppard Robson, commented: "It is an honour to work on a project supported by Nelson Mandela, with the knowledge that we are playing a crucial part in achieving his vision for South Africa."

Construction of the hospital will begin in 2010 and is expected to complete in 2012.

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