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.

  • 2010 British Construction Industry Award - Public Building £3-£50m
  • 2010 Building Magazine - Public Building Project of the Year
  • 2009 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

  • 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture
  • 2010 50 Years of London Architecture
  • 2005 Capital Health Exhibition
Camden, London
£10.1 Million
Camden Primary Care Trust & James Wigg Practice
Camden Primary Care Trust and James Wigg Practice
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Main Contractor
Morgan Ashurst Plc (formerly Bluestone Plc)
Structural Engineers
Elliot Wood Associates
Service Engineers
Peter Deer Associates
CDM Coordinator
Managing CDM Ltd
Landscape Architects
Jinny Blom Limited
Fire Consultant
Approved Inspector
Guy Shattock Associates Ltd
Acoustic Consultant
Adnitt Acoustics
Planning Consultant
Graphic Designers
Studio Myerscough

Burntwood School shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 16.07.15