Kentish Town Health Centre

London. 2008

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2008
  • Cost: £10.1 Million
  • Clients: Camden Primary Care Trust and James Wigg Practice

As a complex interplay of adaptable, interlocking internal and external spaces, Kentish Town Health Centre takes inspiration from the game Jenga. A single-storey dark brick plinth holds two-storeys of crisp-white rendered overlapping volumes. A wide, internalised street runs the full length of the building, widening at its mid-point to create a triple-height, triple-aspect public room that focuses out onto a garden. Glazed circulation cores, bridges, voids and terraces intersect with the axial route of the internal street to stitch all levels together. Housing a large GP practice, a wide range of community health services, office space, staff facilities, a library and meeting rooms, the building (and the process in which it was championed, procured, designed and delivered) has set new standards for the NHS. The project, initially won in a RIBA competition, was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2009.


British Construction Industry Award: Public Building £3-£50m 2010 Building Magazine: Public Building Project of the Year 2010 Civic Trust Award 2010 Brick Awards: Best Use of Brick and Clay Products 2009 Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Primary Care Design 2009 Building Better Healthcare Award for Design Champion of the Year 2009 LIFT Award for Best Design for a Healthcare Project 2009 RIBA Award for Architecture 2009 RIBA Client of the Year 2009 RIBA Stirling Prize: Shortlist 2009