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Levitt Bernstein bags HQ for Jewish charity

Levitt Bernstein has won the high-profile competition to design the new north London flagship headquarters building for charity Jewish Care.

The practice saw off an impressive, top-secret shortlist, which included Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, to land the £23 million project to redevelop the organisation's existing home in Golders Green.

The winning scheme will see the current headquarters, a hotch-potch of old Victorian buildings and later additions, flattened and replaced by a new five-storey building.

As well as housing a care home, day centre and 45 'extra care' flats, the 10,500m2 scheme will also provide office space for Jewish Care - the UK's largest health and social care charity for the Jewish community.

The firm will work alongside construction consultant Gleeds, building services engineer Hoare Lea and structural engineer Michael Alexander on the project, which is due to go in for planning during the summer.

Work is expected to start on site in spring 2008.

by Richard Waite

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