[First look + plans + project data] Duggan Morris Architects has submitted plans for this £7 million learning centre for South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Trust on the Maudsley Hospital Campus in Camberwell, London
The 1,550m² building will house classrooms, a café and an exhibition space for client SLaM, a charitable foundation which invests in projects to support mental health and well being.
The project is planned as a series of flexible, sub-dividable spaces positioned around a central void which are navigated by a grand ‘open’ staircase.
The floor plates ‘stagger’ across this void in half-storey turns, creating a ‘stronger’ visual link between floors and enhancing the ‘immersive learning environment’ atmosphere.
Responding to its ‘Georgian’ surroundings, the exterior has a 1200mm vertical grid of precast concrete fins which ‘articulates the contrasting materials of brick and glass’, according to the architect. The building frame of ‘fair faced’ concrete is left exposed internally.
The building entrance will connect to a proposed avenue designed by Emoli Petroschka Architects which is part of a masterplan to open the SLaM campus up to the local community.
A ‘key vision’ for the centre was to ‘destigmatise’ public preconceptions of mental health, according to the practice
Gross internal floor area in m2: 1550m² gross area
Approximate total build cost: £4.75 million
Planning submission: May 2011
Estimated completion: Spring 2013
Client: SLaM NHS Trust Charitable Funds
Project Manager: Frontline Project Management
Architect: Duggan Morris Architects
Structural Engineer: Elliott Wood
Environmental Design Consultant: Skelly and Couch
Acoustic Consultant: Skelly and Couch Acoustics
Cost Consultant: Measur
Planning Consultant: Signet Planning
Communications Consultant: Local Dialogue
Transport Consultant: Colin Buchanan
BREEAM Consultant: MLM Consulting
Arborocultural Consultant: Frank Hope
Ecology Consultant: MLM
Fire Consultant: Trenton Fire
Archaeology Consultant: MoLAS
Building Control Approved Inspector: MLM