Levenshulme Health Centre follows in a series of health centres undertaken by Hodder Associates in which considerations for patient/ public and consultant/private space underpin the programme of the building.
The public areas, comprising a waiting area and reception, are contained within a refurbished Victorian shell with the private areas of the consulting and treatment rooms in a new building which responds to the scale and mass of its neighbour. Articulating the two elements is a new glazed entrance between the street and a rear car park. This entrance contains the primary vertical circulation and is announced by a canopy formed by a visual extension of two new bays. The whole sits on a precast concrete plinth which seemingly wraps around the original building, adding a new layer as an expression of its new use.
The extension is of rendered cross-wall construction infilled with glazed and western red cedar-clad rainscreen panels which both offer legibility as to its use and provide a counterpoint to the solidity of the Victorian building.
Blackwood Structural Design
Davis Langdon & Everest