John Morden Centre

John Morden Centre

John Morden Centre

  • Location: Blackheath, London
  • Client: Morden College
  • Date: 2014 – Ongoing
  • Value: £3.5 Million
  • Awards: New London Architecture Awards, Caring Prize - Winner 2020 New London Awards Wellbeing - Finalist 2017

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 older residents by providing spaces to interact.

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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.

"John Morden Centre will sit at the heart of the college, a hub of life and activity. A place that not only inspires our residents to spend time in, because time spent in John Morden Centre will enable them to feel good about themselves and about life; but also a place that inspires our staff, to care even more. Residents walking into John Morden Centre will find themselves in a place that recognizes their importance." David Rutherford-Jones CEO Morden College

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