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Penoyre & Prasad wins approval for children's mental health hub

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Designs by Penoyre & Prasad for a new centre of excellence for a leading mental health charity in King’s Cross have been given the go ahead

Islington Council’s planning committee voted to approve the 3,300m² new build and refurbishment project for the Anna Freud Centre which will bring together organisations working with children and their families in the areas of neuroscience, mental health and education.

The scheme in north London extends an existing former chocolate factory warehouse with a building of three and five storeys and includes an open-plan ground floor and shared facilities including a café, library, conference centre and workstations.

A fully-glazed western facade will front onto an adjacent park, with the same system used for facades on internal courtyards.

North and south facades will be clad in precast concrete panels with a cast-in geometric pattern.

Roof terraces at different levels will provide outdoor space for staff and visitors.

The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM excellent standards, with measures including a heat recovery system, passive cooling with thermal mass, stack and natural ventilation, LED lighting and daylight sensors, on-site biodiversity, plus rainwater harvesting.

Peter Fonagy, chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre, said: ‘We have expanded massively in recent years and we are now split across a number of sites.

’We want to demonstrate how integration brings direct benefits in terms greater treatment effectiveness, better opportunities for acquiring new knowledge and discovery and fantastic opportunities for training.’

The Penoyre & Prasad team was selected by the charity in March 2015 after a competition with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicholas Hare and Cottrell & Vermuelen.

Anna Freud Centre Campus Concept Blue  Centre Green   School PenoyrePrasad

Project data

Client: Anna Freud Centre
Architect: Penoyre & Prasad
M&E / Sustainability: CES Engineering Sustainability
Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Engineers
Cost Consultants: Gardiner & Theobald
Acoustics Design: Gillieron Scott
Fire Strategy: MLM
Approved Inspectors: MLM
Transport Consultants: Transport Planning Associates
Ecologist: Aspect Ecology
BREEAM Asessors: Carbon Plan
Project Manager: Bilfinger GVA
Planning Consultant: Turley Associates

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