Then and Now: London's Healthcare Buildings

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Kentish Town Health Centre

Finsbury Health Centre

This morning John Allan of Avanti Architects and Paul Monoghan of AHMM presented two exemplary 20th and 21st century healthcare buildings at a busy NLA breakfast talk.

Finsbury Health Centre, built in 1938 by Berthold Lubetkin, was expertly restored by John Allan and Avanti Architects in 1994. The building was key to the creation of the NHS, accommodating many different types of medical treatment in the same building and designed to be naturally lit and ventilated. At the time it was hailed as the dawn of a new era in public healthcare services.

Kentish Town Health centre was completed in 2008 by AHMM and shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize earlier this year. Much like the Finsbury Health Centre, it has also been designed to accommodate a number of medical services, which have been slotted together like ‘Jenga’, with windows and views connecting the whole building.

Plans are currently in place to put Finsbury Health Centre up for private sale. To find out about the campaign to save this building and put it back into public use click here.

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