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LARGEST NEW CLASSICAL BUILDING IN BRITAIN FOR OVER 50 YEARS NOW COMPLETE

William Wake House, St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northamptonshire

A dramatic new classical building has been added to the Northampton skyline.  Commissioned by St Andrew’s Healthcare, the 20,000 plus square metre hospital unit is probably the largest single building in the classical style to be built for 50 years. 

The new residential, mental-health facility was designed by well-known classical architect Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture working closely with health-building experts, Oxford Architects.This is the first phase of the Cliftonville site development providing a modern purpose-built healthcare building based on the existing hospital campus.  It has been designed with courtyards and internal spaces, and provides facilities which aid treatment and rehabilitation while offering an appropriate level of safety and security within the building design. Robert Adam, director at ADAM Architecture designed the outer form and façade of the building in keeping with the original hospital buildings, designed by George Wallet in 1835. Adam coordinated his

architectural designs within the over-all planning, functional and technical work of Oxford Architects.  The completed building is an example of how different architectural expertise can be successfully coordinated to provide a unique and highly functional design.The 170 metre long principal elevations are broken up into a series of individual pavilions reflecting the organisation of the internal plan.  The external walls are in stucco and stone with a slate roof.  Interior courtyards are designed with simplified classical detailing in two colours of brick.  The windows are metal to provide a high level of security.  The public entrance has a powerful stone façade featuring a large rusticated semi-circular window.  The user’s entrance has an unusual tall glazed portico that looks out over the town from an elevated position.Robert Adam says, “This is an example of enlightened patronage and a successful working partnership that brought together our expertise in classical design with the specialist expertise of Oxford Architects.  The building shows how modern classical design is not limited to private houses or historic settings but can provide high-quality free-standing public and institutional buildings.”Matthew Balaam of Oxford Architects says, “Almost four years of extremely hard work from all members of the design team and close liaison with St Andrew’s Healthcare has lead to a fantastic scheme.  ”



WESTMINSTER APPROVES ROBERT ADAM
MODERN CLASSICAL HOTEL

February, 2010. Robert Adam’s classical design for modern Base2Stay hotel concept has been approved by Westminster Council.  This is Robert's first hotel design in the UK and it was described by Westminster Council's Planning Committee as "..not a replica of what was there before but it's a nice restrained neo-classical design". The five storey hotel terminates an important Soho vista. It will be built from natural stone and the dramatic double-height entrance includes a gilded statue.


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