Healthcare Hub in Westminster
mæ have been selected to design a new elderly person housing scheme, healthcare hub building and associated facilities for CityWest Homes on behalf of Westminster City Council on Lisson Grove, London.
mæ won an invited competition for the housing scheme, which will be designed to HAPPI recommendations (Housing for an Ageing Population Panel for Innovation) and will accommodate existing residents of Penn House on Lisson Grove. Penn House will be redeveloped for the mixed-use healthcare facility hub and additional housing. In all, the scheme will provide around 90 flats and 6000sq.m of healthcare space, community facilities, offices and 1,300 sq.m of enterprise space.
Alex Ely of mæ said: “This is a fantastic brief and will deliver a Lifetime Neighbourhood in two buildings with accommodation ranging from a children’s nursery, a flagship healthcare facility, employment space and family housing through to elderly persons’ housing.”
The City of Westminster’s brief sought a flagship scheme, which reaches the highest possible design and sustainability standards. The scheme will meet the exacting high standards of WCC and will be developed and progressed with the maximum resident and stakeholder involvement.
The scheme will meet the Westminster Housing Renewal Strategy (March 2010) five key principles:
To increase the supply and quality of affordable homes to meet a variety of local needs, including housing for families.
To improve the quality of the local environment with outstanding green and open spaces and housing that promotes low energy consumption and environmental sustainability.
To promote a high quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds, in safe, cohesive and healthy neighbourhoods, supported by a range of high quality housing and excellent community facilities.
To enable people to maximise economic opportunity in Westminster with support for training, employment and enterprise and housing tenures which help those in work to remain in the City.
To create a more distinct sense of neighbourhood, ending the physical divide between Westminster’s estates and surrounding local streets.
Construction is due to start at the end of 2013 and will be completed in two phases.