Akerman Road

Client:Lambeth Primary Care Trust
Architect:Buschow Henley
Contractor:Willmott Dixon
Value:£12million
Completion Date:January 2010

The new Akerman Road Primary Care Centre is located in Myatts Field, between Brixton Road and Camberwell Road in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Akerman Road Primary Care Centre will be the largest civic building to be constructed during the Myatts Field North Redevelopment neighbourhood regeneration project. Clinical services will include 4 GP surgeries, dentistry, childrens’ services, sexual health services, midwifery, primary care and community health services and facilities. The new Centre will also be the base for Lambeth PCT’s nursing teams, including School Nurses, Health Visitors and District Nurses, and will also house Lambeth Council Adult Services.

The 80m long building flanks a residential street to the east and a local park to the west. The design takes its cue from the massing of a church and the order of a flat-fronted London terrace. A sequence of precast concrete arches unites the varied uses, including a car park, at street level. The centre arch and ‘crossing’ overhead mark the entrance to the Centre. The entrance hall, entered both from the street and the park, bisects the plan dividing the building in two. Inside clinical clusters, office accommodation and staff facilities are deployed in wings north and south of the entrance, main stair and lifts.

Externally, the building plays on its simple massing with the quality of the white brickwork and the arrangement, size and nature of the bronze-anodised aluminium windows. To be as sustainable as possible, the internal spaces are daylit, and where possible naturally ventilated. The scheme also employs a biomass boiler.

Akerman Road Primary Care Centre has been designed to create a calm and therapeutic healthcare environment, an exemplary working environment for staff, and for ease of adaptability. The Centre has in addition been planned for secure out-of-hours community use.

The £11.14 million building is being procured for the NHS/ Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham LIFT Company by Building Better Health, and will be completed in 2010. The project team includes architects Buschow Henley, structural engineer Price and Myers, environmental engineer Cundall, landscape architect Landscape Projects, cost consultant Davis Langdon and contractor Willmott Dixon.

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