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New mental health facility for Islington

Kier has been awarded a contract by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new £17M mental health facility at 1 Lowther Road in Islington, London.

Appointed through the Procure Partnerships Framework, the project forms the first integrated community mental health facility in the Trust’s St Pancras Transformation programme.

Works include the demolition of the existing facility and construction of a new four-storey building, which will include state-of-the-art facilities.

The new space will provide interview, counselling and treatment rooms, and agile workspace for staff as well as a café and group collaboration zones. There will also be a ‘pocket’ park to support visitor and staff wellbeing.

With the project set to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, the environmental efficiency is a key focus of this scheme. Key features include curtain walling with bolt on solar shading to prevent heat gain and reduce the demand on mechanical ventilation systems. There will also be 70m² of solar panels on the roof of the building to support renewable energy being used when the building is operational.

David McKenzie, Managing Director for Kier Construction London, South & Strategic Projects, said: “We’re proud to be working with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust to deliver this vitally important mental health facility that will provide state-of-the-art facilities for patients and staff.”

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