Kentish Town Health Centre, London – Projects
- Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
- Morgan Sindall
This project involved a new build health centre for Camden and Islington Primary Care Trust, intended to create a modern facility on the site of an existing 1970’s health centre.
Elliott Wood were awarded this project following a RIBA sponsored competition in 2002, alongside architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.
The new three-storey building was constructed in reinforced concrete up to second floor level and a steel frame was used to form the roof. A reinforced concrete basement also provided a storage area to be used for archiving.
The first floor cantilevers beyond the ground floor by up to 4m; an arrangement of deep beams around the perimeter of the building were used to deal with these cantilevers. The second floor slab was designed as a transfer structure to support the columns of the steel roof above which did not align in many instances with the structure below. Stability was achieved through concrete cores and shear walls.
The building is founded on piles to deal with the high column loads and the potential movement of the clay soil, caused by numerous trees on the site which had caused significant structural cracking to the previous building that occupied the site.