Baldry Gardens
London
2004–2010
In this 3-storey centre, clinical rooms are located on the first floor to resolve the conflict between a daylit interior and a concern for patient dignity. The building plays on its simple massing, the quality of the brickwork and the scale and nature of the windows.

‘The practice portfolio is rich with civic buildings,…, often with a limited budget. The staircase is one of the highlights of this simple, inexpensive building.’ Rory Olcayto

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    The entrance façade on Baldry Gardens is characterised by large structural openings on the first floor, framing windows to consulting rooms and waiting space
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    Study model used to develop designs for the entrance façade on Baldry Gardens
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    With windows set high up in a brick wall the design suggests a piano nobile or a large interior such as a hall
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    The facing brick is varied in both tone and hue and ranges from crème to pink to brown to reflect the range of stocks in the locality
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    Detail of south façade
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    Detail of flush window, post box, weep holes and air bricks
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    Precast concrete stair and courtyard garden
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    Ground floor plan
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    Stair up to reception, waiting and consulting rooms
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    First floor reception and waiting area
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    First floor consulting room

Technical

  • Appointment: 2004
  • Construction start: 2009
  • Completion: 2010
  • Area: 1030m2
  • Budget: £3m
  • Sustainable credentials: CO2 emissions/m² treated floor area: 20.7kgCO2/m²; BREEAM Healthcare Very Good
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: South London Health Partnership LIFT Co; Developer: Fulcrum; Public Sector: Lambeth PCT
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon
  • Services Engineer: Cundall
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
  • Project Management: Davis Langdon
  • Transport Consultant: Alan Baxter Associates
  • Planning Consultant: Urban Practitioners

Bibliography

  • 1000x European Architects (Braun, December 2011), p.145
  • ‘Clinician’s Choice Award’, in: Building Better Healthcare Awards – The Winners (10 November 2011), p.23
  • ‘Best Community Care Design Award’, in: Building Better Healthcare Awards – The Winners (10 November 2011)
  • ‘Surgical Precision’, in: Brick Bulletin, Spring 2011 (2017), p.11
  • ‘Daylight & Dignity’, in: The Architects' Journal (9 December 2010), pp.28–35
  • ‘Open House 2010: The AJ recommends’, in: The Architects' Journal (16 September 2010), p.42

Awards

  • Building Better Healthcare Awards, Best Communtiy Care, 2011
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards, Clinician's Choice, 2011
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