Blizard Building

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The Blizard Building

The Blizard Building is a building in Whitechapel in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It was designed by Will Alsop and completed by AMEC in March 2005 at a cost of GB£45million.[1]

It houses the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. It is named for William Blizard, one of the earliest teaching surgeons, and founder of the 'London Hospital Medical College' in 1785.

The building is very identifiably[according to whom?] a Will Alsop creation, making use of colour and unusual forms. Within the glass pavilion are three suspended 'pods', housing meeting spaces, a small lecture theatre and an education centre. The main lecture theatre is almost entirely green with a few red chairs spotted around to suggest poppies in a meadow. Bruce McLean's designs are featured in coloured glass panels.

The building won the Civic Trust award 2006 and the RIBA regional award (London) 2006.


  1. ^ "Mr Blobby goes to hospital". The Guardian. 6 June 2005. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′59″N 0°03′40″W / 51.5165°N 0.0611°W / 51.5165; -0.0611