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Clapham One,
London, SW4

The £80 million landmark Clapham One PPP (Public Private Partnership) Project for the London Borough of Lambeth encompasses two sites in Clapham. United House Developments has secured a £29 million contract to design and build a new community library, a primary care medical centre and 136 private sale apartments as joint developer and investor with Cathedral Group plc. Nearby in Clapham Manor Street there will be a new leisure centre and further homes.

The library / medical centre building, designed by Studio Egret West, is particularly spectacular. The twelve storey structure contains a this is a spiral 'drum' shape over three floors from basement to first, with an open centre and ramp to outside edge where the books will be displayed.

United House Developments is engaging with local groups to leave a lasting legacy in the community. Clapham One will transform leisure and community services in the area, as well as providing some of the most high quality residential accommodation in the borough.

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Clapham One

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Client:

Cathedral Group plc

Contract Duration:

January 2010 - January 2012

Contract Value:

£29m

Contract Form:

JCT 2005 with contractor's design

Contract location:

Clapham High Street, London SW4 7TF

The £80 million landmark Clapham One PPP (Public Private Partnership) Project for the London Borough of Lambeth encompasses two sites in Clapham. United House has secured a £29 million contract to design and build a new community library, primary care medical centre and 136 private sale apartments as joint developer and investor with Cathedral Group plc on the site of Mary Seacole House. The nearby Clapham Manor Street site will be home to a new leisure centre and 63 homes, 44 of which will be social (note: this part of the project does not form part of the United House contract). The project has two sectional completion dates for the early handover of residential units and the public spaces.

Description

12 storey concrete frame building with single storey basement comprising: Community library - this is a spiral 'drum' shape over three floors from basement to first, with an open centre and ramp to outside edge where the books will be displayed. Primary care medical centre - to the remainder of the ground floor providing consultation rooms, minor operating rooms, training and management, etc.

136 residential apartments for private sale - one and two bed apartments designed and built to a high quality specification. Basement - car parking and building operational plant.

The external facade is of Forticrete split blocks with stainless steel colour windows and Juliet balconies. The building has been designed with curved ends to each of the cores to reduce the impact of the volume of the building.

Challenges

The project was awarded when demolition was already in progress; therefore there was little lead-in time for design or procurement. This meant the team and consultants working to very tight timescales.

The curved building shape and absence of square corners will make the design and build complex. The use of a split block will require the setting out and construction to be very precise.

How we made a difference

United House is engaging with local groups to leave a lasting legacy in the community. Clapham One will transform leisure services in the area, providing the borough with a state-of-the-art library, a new 20,000 sq ft medical centre, some of the most high quality residential accommodation in the borough and a new leisure centre.

The new library, designed by Studio Egret West, is based around a spiral design and connected to the medical centre.

The scheme will provide employment opportunities in the area and local people and community groups with better facilities for their community.