RETAINING HEALTH CARE USE IN AN ICONIC EXAMPLE OF MODERN MOVEMENT ARCHITECTURE
The Finsbury Health Centre was designed in 1938 by Bertold Lubetkin and Tecton as a prototype, in political, architectural and social terms. In an uncanny way the building presaged in its form and functional content the foundation of the NHS ten years later. This Grade 1 listed building is well loved and still in use but this legacy was threatened by the primary care trust, responsible for its upkeep and operations, which wanted to close the Centre and move clinical services elsewhere.
The PCT doubted the financial viability of refurbishing the building and questioned whether it could be converted to meet current standards. JCA in collaboration with Avanti Architects developed an exemplar scheme which demonstrates how the original design anticipated the need for flexibility and adaption in its plan form and engineering strategies. These allow a straightforward conversion to take place to meet today’s needs and retain health care use in this iconic example of modern movement architecture.