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Polyclinic in line for top architectural award

By Gareth Iacobucci

A state-of-the art polyclinic in North London faces an unlikely battle against a Spanish winery, a museum in Denmark and a mixed-use residential scheme in Liverpool in the race for a top architectural award.

The Kentish Town Health Centre, which opened last December, has been shortlisted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for the prestigious Stirling Award for outstanding design in 2009.

The large LIFT-funded building, commissioned by NHS Camden, houses a GP practice and many additional services, and was designed by Paul Monaghan of architectural firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

As well as standard GP services, the centre offers a digital breast screening facility, dentistry, diagnostics, psychological therapies, library and teaching facilities for medical training – and a community arts programme working with schools.

Dr Roy Macgregor, Lead GP at Kentish Town Heath Centre said: ‘I am clearly very proud of what has been achieved here. The reaction from those whom have visited the Centre since opening in December last year has been outstanding and makes the hard work that has gone in to develop this world class facility all worth while.'

Rob Larkman, Chief Executive of NHS Camden said: ‘The very existence of the new Kentish Town Health Centre is testament to what can be achieved when you have a real partnership between local people, GPs, Commissioners, Architects, and Developers.'

RIBA will announce the winner of the Stirling Prize at their annual dinner on 17 October 2009.

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