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Kentish Town Health Centre, Camden RIBA Competition

Kentish Town

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Competition | Past

​Kentish Town Health Centre

Architects were given the challenge to design a new integrated care centre in Kentish Town that would deliver a flagship building, new models of care, enhance integrated working and provide a model for future delivery of primary care throughout the country.

Invited Education and Health

Winning Architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris based their design on the idea of using 'Jenga' style blocks to break down the mass of the building.

Paul Monaghan, Project Architect said:

“We wanted to design a building that didn’t feel institutionalised. By breaking down the mass and bringing a lively and dynamic heart to the building we think we have achieved this.”

The new Centre forms part of the Kentish Town Integrated Primary Care Project, an initiative which seeks to better integrate and improve the efficiency of primary care, community care and social services. Camden was selected as one of 6 areas nationally to pilot the use of a new mechanism for funding and managing the redevelopment of Primary Care, an initiative known as a Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT). Kentish Town Health Centre provides an uplifting, inspiring environment of high quality for users and staff, setting a new standard for modern health care provision.

  • RIBA Award 2009
  • RIBA Client of the Year 2009
  • RIBA Stirling Prize: Shortlist 2009
  • LIFT Award for Best Design for a Healthcare Project 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
  • Civic Trust Award 2010
  • British Construction Industry Award: Public Building £3-£50m 2010
  • Building Magazine: Public Building Project of the Year 2010
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