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The Waldron, Lewisham

South London Health Centre Building design by Henley Halebrown Rorrison, England, UK

post updated 28 Apr 2021

The Waldron Health Centre

Location: Lewisham, London, UK

Date built: 2011

Design: Henley Halebrown Rorrison

18 Aug 2011

New Cross GP Walk in Centre, Suite 3, Waldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale, London, SE14 6LD

The Waldron Lewisham Health Centre South London
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The Waldron

Designed to change people’s perception of healthcare, The Waldron is planned around a new civic square framed by the health centre, shops, and a 5-storey development with street level café. Inside, the 6,029 sq m health centre is organised around two courtyard gardens and a spacious foyer featuring a site-specific installation by artist Martin Richman.

The Waldron Lewisham Health Centre London building
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Outside the square and west façade are framed by a canopy, concrete arcade and screen, all of which invite proximity and provide a counterpoint in scale and material to the greater timber building. Resting on the canopy are storey high super graphics WALDRON, HEALTH and CENTRE. Seen together they constitute a useful sign, but, seen apart, as they often are, they play a part in the composition of each elevation and in the sculptural and material character of the whole.

The Waldron Lewisham The Waldron Health Centre
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The plan is generated from the patient’s perspective. The design seeks to describe a narrative journey in five frames beginning with the square leading inside first to a foyer, then cloister, waiting room and finally to a clinical room.

There are two key ideas at play in the design of The Waldron: the reciprocity between the social logic of the interiors and its capacity outwardly to shape or frame the allotments, square and adjacent streets; and, the dialectic between the homogenous largely timber elevations, in which the fenestration is evident and from certain viewpoints concealed by the fins; and the superimposition of the heterogeneous, both literal and abstract, counterpoint of the super graphic letters.

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The Waldron information from Henley Halebrown Rorrison

Henley Halebrown Architects – previously Henley Halebrown Rorrison

Location: Waldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale, Lewisham, London, SE14 6LD

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