Building Better Health completes Baldry Gardens Health Centre

The new build £3 million NHS Baldry Gardens in Streatham has been handed over to NHS Lambeth by leading property development partner, Building Better Health. The project forms part of a £30 million construction and refurbishment programme to improve health and social care facilities across Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

The centre was delivered by Building Better Health under the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative, a scheme designed to provide new and improved healthcare facilities in accessible and convenient locations. Designed by partner architects Henley Halebrown Rorrison, the project was constructed during a 56-week building programme by Willmott Dixon, main contractor and construction partner of Building Better Health.

Caroline Hewitt, NHS Lambeth Chair, said: "We are very proud to receive Baldry Gardens Health Centre, and we are always very pleased to work with new facilities which will serve our residents' health needs and provide good medical care. We are focused on delivering improved healthcare services from quality, welcoming facilities in our community, and this exciting development will bring together health and council led services, enabling us to promote healthy lifestyles.”

Located in a prominent position on Streatham High Road, NHS Baldry Gardens replaces an existing health facility dating back to the 1960s. It now provides a stylish new home for the relocated Drakewood Road GP practice, as well as a range of NHS-provided community services and additional facilities including baby clinics, foot health, midwifery and therapy services.

Building Better Health is renowned for utilising the local approach to healthcare, also a prerequisite for LIFT scheme developments, where several important services are supplied in one convenient facility. This forward-thinking strategy reduces the amount of time local people spend travelling to and from different hospitals for treatments, as a wide range of services and clinics are provided under one roof.

Providing ease of accessibility, both to reach the centre and once inside, the building has been specifically designed to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere suiting a modern healthcare facility. Internally and externally a range of subtle colours, tones and textures have been incorporated – demonstrated perfectly by the coloured brickwork and large windows – to deliver a welcoming, contemporary building.

As well as delivering an attractive aesthetic, Henley Halebrown Rorrison utilised sustainable materials wherever possible to adhere to the stringent requirements of BREEAM Healthcare, replacing the original NHS Environmental Assessment Tool. To ensure these standards were met, natural ventilation and day lit spaces have been incorporated and a biomass boiler has been installed to provide a sustainable means of providing the building’s heating and hot water.

The centre complements a range of other developments delivered by Building Better Health on behalf of NHS Lambeth, including the modern Gracefield Gardens Health & Social Care Centre and the Akerman Health Centre, which is currently under construction. These innovative projects will help to provide an exceptional level of health and social care services that will benefit not just the facility’s users but the entire local community.

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