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Robert Adam completes Northampton mental health facility

[First look + plans] ADAM Architecture has taken the wraps off this 20,000m² project for a mental health charity in Cliftonville, Northamptonshire

Designed with Oxford Architects, the 170 metre-long building provides a modern purpose-built healthcare facility within an existing hospital campus. 

ADAM Architecture designed the outer form and façade of the building while Oxford Architects covered the project’s planning, functional and technical aspects.

Called William Wake House, the building is clad in stucco and stone with a slate roof while the interior courtyards feature two colours of brick. The project was commissioned by mental health charity St Andrew’s Healthcare.

Robert Adam explained: ‘This is an example of enlightened patronage and a successful working partnership that brought together our expertise in classical design with the specialist expertise of Oxford Architects.  The building shows how modern classical design is not limited to private houses or historic settings but can provide high-quality free-standing public and institutional buildings.’

Matthew Balaam of Oxford Architects added: ‘Almost four years of extremely hard work from all members of the design team and close liaison with St Andrew’s Healthcare has lead to a fantastic scheme.  William Wake House now sits as a striking landmark within Northampton.  The same level of detail placed on the external façade has been applied internally to provide St Andrew’s Healthcare with a facility to be proud of.’

The scheme has ben hailed as the largest classical building to be built in the UK in the Classical style in 50 years.

ADAM Architecture's William Wake House project in Cliftonville, Northamptonshire

ADAM Architecture’s William Wake House project in Cliftonville, Northamptonshire

Readers' comments (4)

  • I am lost for words (which is *very* rare for me).

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  • Shocking

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  • I absolutely abhor pastiche buildings that pretend to be what they are not and the so called 'architects' that create these deceits. The whole idea that you can separate form and facade from function planning and technical aspects flies in the face of basic design principles. We live in the 21st century not the 16th. If Palladio had designed on the basis of design theories 5 centuries previously we would never have heard of him. Acknowledge the past by all means but don't ape it . Look forward not not backwards.

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