Description of The Library Building
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.
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.