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Cartwright Pickard wins planning for Kensington health centre

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Cartwright Pickard has bagged planning for this mixed-use day care centre and housing scheme in Kensington, west London

The £3.5 million development for Octavia Housing features day care facilities on the ground and first floor with 13 socially rented flats for elderly people above.

The centre will replace the borough’s existing centre which has been running for the last 50 years.

James Pickard, director of Cartwright Pickard Architects said: ‘Kensington Day Centre will provide much needed accessible housing in this London Borough and act as a social hub for the older community.’

The scheme is set to complete in March 2015.

The architect’s view

‘The design vision for the site is to create a contemporary scheme that forms a distinctive focal point for the local area. The development aims to form a strong distinctive primary frontage to Convent Garden, provide an attractive day care centre and community hub.

‘The centre provides a naturally lit, double-height reception space, designed to be welcoming and to aid orientation. On the first floor a multi-purpose room optimises the prominent view towards Kensington Park Road and offers a visible connection to the day centre activities.

‘A private landscaped garden situated at the south east corner of the site provides sunny amenity space along with a café and lounge for both day care users and residents’.

Cartwright Pickard

Project data

Location: Kensington, London
Type of project: Redevelopment of brownfield site at Kensington Day Centre
Client: Octavia Housing
Architect: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Funding: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (for residential only); Octavia for day centre
Start on site date: September 2013
Completion date: March 2015
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Design and Build
Total cost: £3.5 million works
Landscape and planning consultants: Studio Aitken
Structural engineers: Ellis & Moore
M&E consultant: Synergy
Quantity surveyor: MDA
CDM co-ordinator MDA
Lighting consultant Drivers Jonas Deloitte
Main contractor tbc
Gross internal floor area 1526m²
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 13.36 Kg/m² (flats)11.5 Kg/m² (day centre)
Predicted energy demands 74,000 kWh (electricity)
Specific environmental targets CSH Level 4

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