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Our objective is to create excellent physical environments in support of the care. Careful consideration is given to the impact the buildings have on patients, staff and neighbours in their humanity, material quality and appearance. The practice won the Architect of the Year award 2008 for Healthcare.

To date the practice’s focus has been on community healthcare buildings commissioned under the government NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme, a model that brings Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) together with a private partner – in our case Building Better Health. Larger than a conventional GP’s practice these are intended to be civic buildings, beacons in the community. Equally the buildings are pragmatic in their construction, with principles of environmental impact, flexibility and adaptability guiding their design. Our involvement in LIFT stretches across 12 London Boroughs.

Our first completed LIFT scheme, St. John’s Therapy Centre, completed in December 2006 for the South West London Health Partnerships LIFT provides care for stroke and accident victims, GP facilities and a mental health unit for drug and alcohol dependents. St. John’s, certified with a NEAT Excellent environmental rating, received a Civic Trust Award Commendation in 2008 and an AIA/UK Excellence in Design Award Commendation in 2007. The second, the 6,000m2 Waldron Health Centre commissioned by Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham LIFT incorporates primary care, ante/post-natal, sexual health, community dentistry and flexible use suites. Phase one opened in 2007, phase two opened Spring 2008. The practice is currently working on four further LIFT schemes in London.

In addition to our NHS community healthcare projects, we designed the Centre for Reproductive Medicine fertility clinic. Phase 1 was completed in 2004, Phase 2 in 2008.

Outside London we have worked with the NHS in Essex, Suffolk & Wiltshire on project work and in a consultancy capacity. Also, Simon Henley is a member of the NHS Design Review Panel and the CABE Health Enabling Panel.