The Waldron London 2003–2010

Designed to change people’s perception of healthcare, the Waldron is planned around a new civic square framed by the health centre, shops, a cafe and housing. Inside, the centre is organised around two courtyard gardens and a 5-storey foyer with artwork by artist Martin Richman.

‘Waldron is elegant, urbane and it works – a towering exception to the rule of contemporary health centre architecture and a building that will endure.’ Kieran Long, 2011

Image 1

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    The Waldron frames two public spaces. The first is a square
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    Arcades and canopies line the new square. The residential building on the North (left) side of the model photo is yet to be built
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    The second public space, the allotments, seen from the South
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    Detail of timber façade and steel letters
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    Etching of building seen from North West and South East
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    First floor plan - four clinical clusters arranged around a central foyer and two garden courts
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    Central foyer
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    Foyer and stair
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    South cloister leading from the foyer to a clinical cluster. The space is illuminated on both sides and overlooks the allotments
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    Waiting room overlooking a garden courtyard with the clinical cluster on the left and cloister on the right
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    Consulting room
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    North court garden
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    Outdoor 'room' adjacent to third floor staff offices and conference facilities


  • Appointment: 2003
  • Construction start: 2006
  • Completion: 2010
  • Area: 6029m2
  • Budget: £13.4m
  • Sustainable credentials: CO2 emissions/m² treated floor area: 66.29kgCO2/m²; NEAT Excellent Rating
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: Developer: Building Better Health; Public Sector: Lewisham PCT
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon
  • Services Engineer: Ramboll
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
  • Landscape Architect: Landscape Projects
  • Artwork: Martin Richman
  • Project Management: Davis Langdon
  • Transport Consultant: Alan Baxter Associates
  • Planning Consultants: Urban Practitioners


  • Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori, ‘Sustainable Healthcare Architecture’, in: Sustainable Healthcare Architecture (Wiley, 2013), pp.422–425
  • Victoria Thorton, ‘Open House London’, in: Open House London (Ebury Press, September 2012)
  • ‘Academy Awards 2011, World Health Design’, in: Academy Awards 2011, World Health Design (October 2011), pp.48–49
  • ‘Landscape Design (China)’, in: Landscape Design (China) (20 September 2011), pp.46–51
  • ‘Five Steps, World Health Design’, in: Five Steps, World Health Design (July 2011), p.47
  • Kathleen Armstrong, ‘Market Report: Europe, World Health Design’, in: Market Report: Europe, World Health Design (July 2011), p.43
  • ‘Time Out’, in: Time Out (March 2011), p.10
  • ‘Henley Halebrown Rorrison's Health Centre Revitalises a Gloomy Part of South London, On Office’, in: Henley Halebrown Rorrison's Health Centre Revitalises a Gloomy Part of South London, On Office, issue 50 (March 2011), pp.66–67
  • Kieran Long, ‘A Healthy Start for Better Buildings, The Evening Standard’, in: A Healthy Start for Better Buildings, The Evening Standard (5 January 2011), pp.32–33
  • ‘Labour's Legacy, The Architects' Journal’, in: Labour's Legacy, The Architects' Journal (9 December 2010), pp.22–27
  • ‘The Waldron Health Centre, Plan Magazine’, in: The Waldron Health Centre, Plan Magazine (2010), pp.44–45
  • David Dernie, ‘Case Studies: Sections and elevations, Architectural’, in: Case Studies: Sections and elevations, Architectural ()
  • ‘Drawings’, in: Drawings (Laurence King Publishing, 2010), pp.108–109
  • ‘The Waldron Health Centre’, in: Health Building Note 11-01: Facilities for primary and community care services, Suppplement A - Case Studies ()
  • Department of Health (CABE, ), pp.24–29
  • Ken Allinson, London's Contemporary Architecture: 5th Edition (Architectural Press, June 2009), pp.350–351
  • ‘What is Building Better Health?’, in: RIBA Journal (February 2009), p.11
  • ‘Best Primary Care Design’, in: Building Better Healthcare Awards - The Winners (November 2008), p.19
  • ‘Building Better Health - Improving Conditions’, in: The Architects' Journal (24 January 2008), pp.24–37
  • ‘An Uplifting Approach to Local Care’, in: Capital Health: London’s New Care Estate (November 2005), pp.50–51
  • Ellis Woodman, ‘Long-term Cure’, in: Building Design (10 September 2004), pp.18–21
  • Lia Hattersley, ‘Hitching a Lift’, in: Building Design (26 September 2003), p.10


  • AIT Global Award for the very best of Interior and Architecture, Health + Care Category, (Shortlisted) 2012
  • Design & Health International Academy Awards, International Health Project (Under 40,000sqm), 2011
  • International Property Awards, Public Service Architecture London UK, (Commendation) 2011
  • World Architecture Festival Award, Health Category, (Shortlisted) 2011
  • LIFT Awards, Design, (Runner-up) 2009
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards, Best Primary Care Design, 2008
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