Planning approved for Temple Fortune, 11 homes and health centre in Barnet

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Located Northwest of Hamstead Heath and adjacent to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Area in Barnet, the site is occupied by an NHS doctors’ surgery, owned by the doctors who run and work in the facility. The existing building is not inclusive or accessible, nor does it meet modern healthcare standards. Itcannot accommodate the growing patient numbers or the changing approach to providing community care.

“Quite simply, our building is no longer fit for purpose. It isn’t fit for today’s needs and most definitely is not fit for the decades ahead. The community needs a better centre.” – Dr Karen Grossmark, Temple Fortune Health Centre owner.

The scheme proposes a new tiered four-storey building with a 567 sqm medical centre that occupies the ground level. Parking and plant areas have been designed in the basement with 11 residential units on floors 1-3 and a heavily planted communal roof garden above. The site requires the flats to be developed above to help fund the new, much-needed, health centre and ensure that the building maximises the potential of the site.

“The clients wanted a highly functional building, that allows them to continue to care for the community they have worked in for a long time and generate value to pay for the works through residential space. We wanted to meet this dual-use brief, whilst providing a building that recognises the textured and leafy nature of the context and makes a positive contribution to the local community”. Charles Bettes, GPAD Managing Director.

The Architecture

Care has been taken to ensure the proposals respond to the street, setting the building away from the boundary line and introducing a sculpted ground floor façade ensures privacy internally, whilst creating curved pockets along the street. These pockets are filled with planting that greens the area between pavement and building, enhances the street, and provides spaces for the public. An element of craft is introduced at a human scale through the patterned reconstituted stone facade.

The entrance to the health centre has been located to the corner and set in from the building line to provide a legible entry to the centre. The curve on this corner softens the mass and suits the shape of the site. This form is continued on the upper floors, which are set back from the ground floor, providing another opportunity for greening at the first-floor level and further reducing the impact of the building mass. These setbacks provide south-facing amenity space that is shielded from the street and the curved forms providerhythm to the building.

Environmental Impact

The building responds to the heritage of the area, whilst being clearly contemporary. It utilises durable materials such as reconstituted stone and brick paired with robust junctions that will age and weather well, ensuring longevity. Fourteen new trees with many plants are being proposed across the site at various levels pushing biodiversity and urban greening. The combination of planting and materials was selected to ground the scheme within the context and provide interest at the upper levels of the building.

A combination of passive measures, high-efficiency services, utilisation of heat pumps and consideration ofthe fabric have been designed into the scheme and will be developed during detailed design to minimise CO2 emissions.

Project Address:  23 Temple Fortune Lane, London, NW11 7TE

Project Team:
Development Manager​​​​​: ACRE
Planning Consultant​​​​​​: MJP Planning
Affordable Housing Statement​​​​: Turner Morum
Air Quality Assessment​​​​​: Redmore
Daylight and Sunlight Assessment​​​​: Herrington
Drainage Strategy and SUDs report: ​​​​The PES (EB7)
Ecological Assessment (incl. BNG)​​​: ​Green Shoots
Energy Assessment (incl. BREEAM)​​​​: MWL 
Utilities Assessment​​​​​​: MWL
Fire Statement​​​​​​​: CHPK
Heritage Impact Assessment​​​​​: Heritage Collective
Land Contamination Assessment​​​​: Ensafe
Landscaping Scheme (incl. UGF)​​​​: John Davies Landscaping
Noise Impact Assessment: ​​​​​ALN Acoustics
Statement of Community Involvement: ​​​Local Dialogue
Transport Assessment and Construction Logistics Plan​: EAS 
Tree Survey and Report​​​​​: Patrick Stileman

Tailor’s Corner video featured in Estates Gazette, The Future of Leeds

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GPAD are pleased to share Estate Gazette’s latest video on The Future of Leeds. The half an hour video features projects across the city discusses Leeds can emerge from the pandemic and aim to be the best city in the UK.

From 21 minutes onwards the video is shot from the new roof terrace at Tailor’s Corner. In the video you can see the new terrace seating and planting as well as the views across the city. During the interview, Mark Wilson and Patrick Carter from Savills, discuss the demand for outside space in the city centre and how businesses and employees will be re-evaluating their priorities in the office space.

What was originally designed as a warehouse followed by retail for Hepworth’s clothing, the design for Tailor’s Corner includes a complete refurbishment of the façade, and the reinstatement of the traditional shop front. The interior has been refurbished with high quality office space and two new roof terraces.

Watch the full video here.


Reflecting on 2020

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For all of us, 2020 has been a year like no other in recent memory. Since the first lockdown hit in March, we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of living and working; often, finding it hard to avoid blending the two too greatly. At the same time, changing ways of working have opened up new opportunities and experiences that may go on to become permanent fixtures in our daily routines. As the first month of 2021 draws to a close, we have had time to think and reflect on the year that has passed, and asked our team members what some of the challenges and new experiences they had that shaped their lives during 2020. Below is a compilation of their thoughts.

The sudden enforced change to our working routine was always going to present a myriad of challenges for us to adapt to. Some of these issues have impacted every working professional able to work from home during the pandemic: mundane yet frustrating internet connectivity issues; dropping out of Teams calls; interruptions from four-legged members of the family; to a general feeling of a loss of communication between team members. Yet others are intrinsically linked to our role as designers: the formerly simple ability to gather around a table with colleagues and pen and paper in hand, and drawing in a live environment, has been an experience sorely missed by many.

Perhaps the greatest challenge has come from trying to separate work and home life, eking out space to set up a desk in rooms not intended to be offices and then winding down at the end of the day; a particular challenge for members of the team studying for their Part 3 qualifications. We have also had a number of new recruits join us during the pandemic, who have had to quickly get used to new software, and meet new team members solely in the virtual realm.

Yet despite all these challenges, the change in working practices during 2020 has also opened up many new opportunities and experiences. Losing the commute has been a relief for many, giving back valuable time and flexibility; an extra half hour to take a walk, go on a run, or read a book. New ways of working have meant new learning opportunities, and has shown that the industry is able to adapt, and bring with it efficiencies; reducing travelling times has improved availability, often greatly improving progress on projects. Remote working has also given teams a greater feeling of trust and responsibility, and with it a sense of empowerment that has produced fantastic work from team members at all levels.

Ultimately, the pandemic has given us all a chance to really prove that the principles laid out in our ethos really do define who we are; that when we say to clients and consultants that we’re flexible and adaptable, we meet that challenge, centred around the amazing adaptability of our team to a different way of working, maintaining a momentum equivalent to working in the office. We are also proud of the way we have adapted as a business, using the breadth of our skills and experience to re-focus our efforts on residential work that has meant we’ve been able to continue to operate successfully in what has been a challenging time for the industry as a whole.

With our team members at the heart this success, there’s no better way to finish this piece with some of their words that really sum up how their contributions have helped pull us through during what has been an incredibly difficult year:

“As a business we’ve rebranded, improved our offering through BIM development and regular design reviews, we’ve recruited new team members, strengthened our internal understanding of our diversity and the issues facing the industry, but more than anything we’ve done it as a team – something that’s really challenging in this environment but I think we’ve worked really hard to ensure we keep moving in the same direction as one big team.”

Looking back at 2020

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As this year like no other in recent memory draws to a close, we look back to twelve of the key moments that took place in the world of GPAD, and how the skill and determination of our fantastic team continued to deliver despite the upheaval borne on us all by Covid. Read More

Thank you Chris!

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We would like to announce that GPAD’s Chairman and founder, Chris Ploutarhou, is retiring. Chris started GPAD in 2002 and has been a pioneer in the practice’s ethos of a people focused approach, responsible for many of the friendships that GPAD has established with clients and partners. Read More