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PTE gets green light to rebuild Jewish care home

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Plans by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects to demolish and rebuild a care home for the Jewish community in Barnet, north London, have been given the go-ahead

The proposals for the £38 million care home were granted permission by the London Borough of Barnet and will replace the 1961 Hammerson House in The Bishop’s Avenue.

Plans for the 10,110m² scheme include 116 en-suite befrooms – divided into six distinct distinct ‘households’ – a restaurant, sheltered gardens and stone-clad pavillions containing communal spaces, such as lounges and dining rooms. The main building will be clad in glazed ceramic cladding tiles.

The scheme is backed by Nightingale Hammerson – a charity dating back to around 1840, which provides care facilities to Jewish people. 

Patrick Devlin, partner at Pollard Thomas Edwards, said the practice worked with the staff at the care home to develop the plans. 

’The advantages of working with staff involved in residents’ day to day care include being able to test innovative design ideas against their practical experience,’ he said.

’This is designed to be a building that families and the wider community enjoy visiting and that supports residents in everything they would like to do.’

Work is set to start on site in June 2017, with a completion date scheduled for June 2019. 

Hammerson elevation

Hammerson elevation

Source: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects


Project data 

Location The Bishops Avenue, London, N2 0BE
Type of Project Residential Care Home
Client Nightingale Hammerson
Architect Pollard Thomas Edwards
Landscape Consultants Farrer Huxley Associates
Structural Engineers Price & Myers
M&E consultant Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor Calfordseaden
Planning consultant CgMs
Funding Charity
Start on site date June 2017
Completion date June 2019
Gross internal floor area 10,110 m²
Total cost £38 million

Architects’ view

The architecture takes its cue from the neighbouring Hampstead Garden suburb, using a contemporary interpretation of traditional forms and materials, while creating a distinctive and inviting frontage to The Bishop’s Avenue. The proposed glazed ceramic cladding tiles are a nod to the tile-hung buildings of the Arts and Crafts style of the suburb, while stone-clad pavilions take their reference from the traditional stone dressings of Arts and Crafts windows. The new building steps back from the existing building line, providing improved access for those suffering from impaired mobility while creating an inviting, open aspect to the street in contrast to the more private, enclosed frontages that characterise the rest of The Bishop’s Avenue.

View the planning application here 

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