Designed to be ‘a big version of someone’s house’ to instil a domestic sense of well-being, North London Hospice offers specialist palliative care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. Set on a prominent corner in a quiet residential area of north London, the massing of this brick building is broken down into two north facing gables with circulation interleaved between. A single-storey pitched extension at the rear completes the L-shaped plan and frames a south-facing private courtyard for the enjoyment of patients. Conceived from both the inside-out and the outside-in, the expansive windows set around a simple palette of brick and timber, ensure a series of light and airy spaces that are well-connected – both physically and visually – with their external environment.

Completed in May 2012, the building fulfils the aspiration to increase the provision of palliative care in Enfield in a contemporary, non-clinical environment. Over the course of three years the client, architect, design team and user group worked closely to develop a brief and building that meets and exceeds patient needs by creating a special place for them in the heart of their community.

Awards
  • 2013 Building Better Healthcare Award Grand Prix
  • 2013 Building Better Healthcare Award Best Primary Care - Highly Commended
  • 2013 Building Better Healthcare Award for Best Community Healthcare Design
  • 2013 Civic Trust Award - Special Award for Sustainability
  • 2013 New London Architecture - Best Healthcare Building
  • 2013 RIBA National Award for Architecture
  • 2013 WAN Healthcare Award
  • 2012 Brick Awards - Architects Choice
  • 2012 Civic Trust Award
2012
Location
Barnet, London
Cost
£1.8 Million
Client
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
North London Hospice
Client
North London Hospice
Client Representative
Procore Solutions
Main Contractor
Pavehall PLC
Structural Engineers
Elliott Wood Associates
Services Engineers
Atelier Ten
Quantity Surveyor
Equals Consulting
Landscape Architects
BBUK
CDM Coordinator
Total CDM
Approved Inspector
Guy Shattock Associates Ltd
Traffic and Highways
JMP Consultants
Acoustic Consultant
Paul Gillieron Acoustic Design
Ecological Consultant
John Wenman Ecological Consultancy LLP

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