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a:b:i:r architects lands planning for Polegate health centre

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] a:b:i:r architects has won planning for this primary care resource centre and residential scheme at Polegate, East Sussex

The 1,989m² centre will house two GP practices and a pharmacy. The scheme also features six affordable apartments, two of which are wheel-chair accessible.

According to the Brighton-based practice: ‘The proposed layout and form reflect the long and narrow nature of the site and the design is a concious attempt to get away from the monolithic architecture of the existing building by responding to the wider site context.’

The project replaces a derelict two-storey care home with pitched roof on the site.

Internally spaces are north or south-facing, and a central void lights the waiting area. Shared spaces located towards the south west part of the building overlook a grade II-listed windmill.

Simon Atkins, Olli Blair, Giles Ings and Matthew Richardson founded a:b:i:r architects in 2009.


Project data

Architects:  a:b:i:r architects
Location:  Polegate, East Sussex
Type Of Project: primary care resource centre & six affordable housing
Structural Engineers: Ings Engineering
Project Architect: a:b:i:r architects
Design Team: a:b:i:r architects
Client: Apollo
Funding: confidential
Tender date: provisional – late summer 2010
Start on site date: winter 2010
Contract duration: tba
Gross internal floor area: 1,989m² (primary care resource centre)
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design & Build
Total cost:    confidential     
M&e consultant: 
John Packer Associates
Quantity surveyor: HBW Partnership
Planning supervisor:(CDM Co-ordinator?) MacConvilles
Lighting consultant: tba
Main contractor: tba
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: tba
Annual co2 emissions: tba

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