GPAD gets green light for health center plans in north London | News
Architect GPAD has secured planning consent to redevelop a 1970s doctors’ surgery in north London to replace it with a new health center and 11 new homes.
The practice proposals for Temple Fortune Health Center will provide a new four-storey building with a basement. It will include a 574 square meter NHS medical facility, with five two-bedroom apartments and six three-bedroom apartments on the upper floors.
GPAD’s design for the site at Temple Fortune Lane also features extensive greening, including a rooftop garden. The basement of the building will have parking for 17 cars and utility space.
When recommending the proposals for approval at a Barnet Council committee meeting last week, planning officers said the scheme would “contribute positively” to the local character and distinctiveness of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Area.
Temple Fortune Health Center said its current building was not comprehensive, accessible and did not meet modern healthcare standards.
Charles Bates, managing director of GPAD, said creating new homes for Barnet to fund the redevelopment of the health center – while fitting into the local surroundings – was a key part of the project brief.
“The clients wanted a high-performance building that would allow them to continue to care for the community they have operated in for so long and generate value to pay for the business through residential space,” he said.
“We wanted to meet this dual-use brief, while providing a building that recognizes the ornate and leafy nature of the context and makes a positive contribution to the local community.”
GPAD said its proposals responded to the area’s heritage while being “distinctly contemporary”.
The development manager for the project is ACRE; The planning consultant is MJP Planning; The landscape architect is John Davies Landscapes.