Finger on the pulse?

Architectural aluminium systems by Kawneer were specified on an award-winning replacement healthcare facility.

Kawneer’s AA100 zone-drained curtain walling, swing doors with automatic door sets, series 190 heavy-duty entrance doors, and multi-coloured and multi-laminated glass fins were specified by architects Murphy Philipps for the £11 million Nelson Health Centre in Merton, Wimbledon, South London.

A replacement for the Nelson Hospital, the new three-storey BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building comprises two GP clinics, general clinic areas including diagnostics, a pharmacy, café and associated office accommodation. Its design received input from clinicians, Borough of Merton planners and local residents.

It was built by Rydon Construction for NHS Sutton and Merton as part of the BHCH (Better Healthcare Closer to Home) programme, which aims to radically reshape and modernise health services through a network of local care centres.

The new Nelson provides a broad range of services including core primary care services, outpatient appointments, endoscopy and minor procedures, diagnostic tests, therapy, community and mental health services, health information, and expert support to manage long-term conditions.

It sits within a conservation area and incorporates the existing pavilion entrance blocks of the original hospital on the site. A pedestrian plaza and public space have been created in front of the main entrance by incorporating an existing traffic island and re-routing adjoining roads.

Delivered across two phases, the project involved the demolition of the existing hospital, ranging in age from Edwardian when the hospital opened in 1911, through to the 1990s, with the retention of three areas of Pavilion Block facade and a remodelling of a section of public highway known as The Rush.

Winner of Best Primary Care Development at the Building Better Healthcare awards, the judging panel said: “This development shows very clever use of the old buildings in the area. It fits in remarkably well with its surroundings.”

Constructed of concrete frame, light gauge steel infill and brick cavity walls, the fenestration systems by Kawneer were installed by APiC UK. The glass fins were structurally designed to hang from the curtain walling and protrude some 700mm.