The John Morden Centre

The John Morden Centre

  • Location: Blackheath, London
  • Client: Morden College
  • Date: 2014 – Ongoing
  • Value: £3.5 Million
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The John Morden Centre is a day care centre for residents of Morden College. It brings together facilities currently spread across the college site into an innovative, characterful new building designed to tackle social isolation among elderly residents by providing spaces to interact.

Morden College is a Grade I listed complex of buildings in Blackheath, London built by Sir Christopher Wren’s master builder and successor, Edward Strong. The historical building is more honoured in the breach in the new building.

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The public spaces of the college –dining room, chapel, library– form additions to the main quadrangle connected by a colonnade. The generous social spaces of the new building are also linked by a meandering colonnade, which forms a spine of circulation and opens up connections to landscaped gardens.

Each part of the building has a distinct roof and a chimney for stacked ventilation echoing the profile of the neighbouring buildings.

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