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

Funding for Building Performance Evaluations


Funding for Building Performance Evaluations

We have recently assisted the Sustainable Development Foundation in submitting a Technology Strategy Board competition entry to undertake involved occupancy and performance evaluation of our Stirling prize shortlisted Kentish Town Healthcare Centre.

In future we aim to undertake a form of Building Performance Evaluation on every completed project.

We are also currently working with Arup on two other TSB funded projects, under the Design Decision Tools programme to develop a freely available educative passive design software tool; and with the Design for Future Climate Programme to review adaptation measures for our forthcoming City Road project.


Kentish Town Health Centre wins a BCI Award


Kentish Town Health Centre wins a BCI Award

Kentish Town Health Centre has won a British Construction Industry Award for the category of Building Project between £3-50m. It’s the second year in a row that the practice has won this award; winning for the Yellow Building in 2009. 

The Judge’s noted that this is “A top-notch building which has redefined how NHS centres of this kind can and should operate. A brilliant client supported by a highly enthusiastic design and construction team”

The project was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, an annual award to recognise excellence in design and procurement across the public sector. 


Open House 2010


Open House 2010

Tours of Stirling Prize shortlisted Kentish Town Health Centre, Barking Central and Barbican Centre took place over the weekend of 18th September, alongside hundreds of other great buildings for the public to view for free. Over 200 people attended architecture led tours at Kentish Town Health Centre.

The Open House initiative is a simple but powerful concept: great buildings of all types and periods open up their doors to all to celebrate the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play. The scheme attracted a quarter of a million people this year.

For more information visit their website.


Open House 2010


Open House 2010

We are opening the doors of several of our projects again this year as part of Open House (18th & 19th September), including Stirling Prize shortlisted Kentish Town Health Centre, Barking Central and Barbican Centre.

For more information visit the Open House London Website.

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