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CF Møller gets green light for London hospital scheme

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CF Møller Architects’ major revamp of a hospital in south London has been approved by councillors

The Danish practice, which has offices in London, won backing from Kingston Council’s development control committee for its plan to transform Tolworth Hospital into a modern mental health facility.

Full planning consent was granted for demolition of existing buildings on the site on Red Lion Road. These will be replaced with buildings up to three storeys high providing more than 11,000m² of floor space. Other buildings will be refurbished to add more than 17,000m² of space for mental health and associated facilities.

CF Møller said its designs were developed following years of evidence-based research and consultation, and sought to avoid a sense of institution.

Hospital wards will be arranged around garden courtyard spaces, providing direct access to nature and open air. Attention was paid to providing good sightlines and reducing noise, the practice added.

CF Møller director for the project Teva Hesse said: ‘Our practice has been working with the trust since 2012 to develop mental health facilities that focus on therapeutic, normalised environments that assist service users in their recovery.

‘The new Tolworth buildings and landscaping are aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness by making a positive contribution to the surrounding community.’

Lambeth Council last month approved CF Møller Architects’ centre for adults with learning disabilities at Tulse Hill in London.

Project data

Type of project Health
Client South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Architect CF Møller Architects
Landscape architect CF Møller Landscape
Project manager Appleyard & Trew
SMEP and civil engineering Arup
Fire safety engineer Trenton Fire
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Transport consultant Motion
Communications Cascade Communications
Planning adviser Montague Evans

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