About the building
The Institute is situated next to King's College Hospital, which
provides high-quality palliative care for patients in South East London
and the surrounding area. The Institute integrates this care with
teaching and research, creating a multi-professional environment
examining every aspect of palliative care.
King's College London, our academic partner at the Institute, is the
largest provider of healthcare education in Europe and has an
international portfolio of research.
The Institute building opened in 2010. The building has been designed
to be a welcoming and peaceful environment, sensitively designed with
advice from Macmillan Cancer Support and in consultation with potential
users and local patient groups such as Black Cancer Care. Ongoing user
involvement will ensure that patients and their carers are able to guide
and participate in our vision for the Institute and its future use.
The building was designed by south London based architects
Loates-Taylor Shannon, and has won a BREEM award for its environmental
features. It is a light, landscaped space with a welcoming ambience; an
open and integrated building, it promotes interaction and communication
plus quiet, reflective spaces. Open plan offices are arranged around a
light infused central atrium.
It comprises 1,800 sqm of floor space on three floors plus a roof
garden. The building can accommodate around 100 researchers, academics,
clinicians, rising to over 200 with students, patients and carers. The
building includes lecture rooms, meeting facilities, office and research
space plus the Information and Support Centre.
There is also a programme of innovative art works and installations
commissioned by King's College London and curated and managed by the
Contemporary Arts Society. 'Light for Cicely' by Caroline McCarthy and 'Birches' by Tanya Kovats are now in place.
The Institute was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 5 May 2010.