november 2018

The iconic Guy’s Tower gets the ME Construction touch

Revising, reviving and refurbishing the Genetics Department on the eighth floor of the iconic Guy’s Tower is one of the latest projects for ME Construction.

Revising, reviving and refurbishing the Genetics Department on the eighth floor of the iconic Guy’s Tower is one of the latest projects for ME Construction.

According to ME Construction’s Peter Dando, the project’s manager, this involves creating new doors, ceilings and partitions and then laying new carpets to create new offices and comfort areas. This short project for King’s College, London - which rents the building from the tower’s owners, the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust - should be completed by the autumn at a cost of some £370,000.

At 148.65 metres high – including a light sculpture, by the German artist Carsten Nicolai, which was added in 2014 - Guy’s Tower is, once again, the world’s tallest hospital building. The sculpture was added during a £40m programme of repairs and environmental improvements to Guy’s Tower carried out from 2012 to 2014.

A landmark on the London skyline since it first opened to patients some 40 years ago, Guy’s Tower was officially the world’s tallest hospital building from its opening in 1974 until 1990 when the O’Quinn Medical Tower in Houston took the title. Both were then topped by the Hong Kong Sanitorium & Hospital, or Li Shu Piu Building, in 2008.

King's College London, which commissioned ME Construction to carry out the work in the Genetics Department on the Tower’s eighth floor, was founded in 1828/29 by a group of eminent politicians, churchmen and others. It received a royal charter by King George IV on 14th August 1829.

King's has many famous former students and members of staff, including Rosalind Franklin and the poet, John Keats. The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of South Africa and Nobel Peace laureate, took his bachelor's and master's degrees at King's in the 1960s.