A landmark development that will provide modern leisure and health facilities in the London Borough of Lambeth has become the first major project to be council-procured through the LIFT initiative. Granted planning approval, the £16.5 million Norwood Hall Joint Service Centre will be the first council service-led facility to be delivered by developer Building Better Health.
Following the outstanding success of a previous joint service development at Gracefield Gardens, Streatham, where NHS Lambeth lead a close collaboration with the council to deliver Lambeth's first neighbourhood resource centre, the council chose to use LIFT to procure the redevelopment of Norwood Hall.
Norwood Hall Joint Service Centre will be delivered by Building Better Health, NHS Lambeth's LIFT partner, as part of a £30 million programme of LIFT projects in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. These aim to improve the facilities and services available to local residents, providing patients with modern healthcare services in high quality primary care premises. Unlike the other schemes, the Norwood Hall project is unique in so much as it is being led by the council rather than the PCT, and leisure facilities will be the scheme's main focus, complemented by health facilities.
Designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the new four storey building will provide a state-of-the-art customer service centre, as well as community and health services. These include a 25 metre swimming pool, a large health and fitness suite and gym, dance studio, community meeting rooms, GP and dentistry services and a broad range of NHS community health facilities offering a range of services and activities for all ages.
"We are delighted that Norwood Hall has received planning permission. This important new community project will contribute greatly to the ongoing regeneration of West Norwood as well as providing essential health services to the wider community." said Morag Tait, Associate Director at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. "We are proud to play a part in this important project and now look forward to working towards to building opening and being enjoyed by the local community."
Awarded £14.2 million of Private Finance Initiative funds by Central Government, the development, a key project in the regeneration of West Norwood town centre, will see the creation of a brand new centre, set within a vastly improved landscaped, on what is currently the site of a disused community centre on Knight's Hill.
Sustainability has been a vital element in the project's conception and design and will remain a priority throughout the construction process. In addition to improved local services housed within the new high performance building, existing 'poor quality' green spaces will be enhanced with the creation of a new woodland area. With the aim to utilise and enhance the local environment - whilst having a minimal impact on the surrounding area - nature conversation, biodiversity and waste management will play a key role at the redevelopment of Norwood Hall in addition to low energy use and the creation of new community facilities.
Testimony to Building Better Health's innovative approach, the scheme will bring together different community groups and provide a substantial range of important facilities in one building. With the project taking shape, it demonstrates the ability for private and public sectors to work together in harmony to deliver a project of huge benefit to its community.
When completed, Norwood Hall Joint Service Centre will provide residents of West Norwood and the London Borough of Lambeth with modern, high quality facilities that will help to revitalise the area and maximise its currently underused potential.
For further information please contact Building Better Health - LSL LIFTCo