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Friday25 July 2014

The Wilberforce Health Centre

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HLM’s £16 million health and well-being centre in Hull has started on site.

The Wilberforce Health Centre will provide facilities for a walk in GP service for both registered and non-registered patients every day of the year and is due for completion in late 2011.

Also included in the design are sexual health care facilities and a public café.

Neil Orpwood at HLM Architects added: “Our design integrates with the community and the urban grain, providing potential for night time use, linking to its surroundings, and making the most of the site in terms of functionality, sustainability and views to and from the site.”

It is being created through a public private partnership between NHS Hull, construction company Sewell Group, Community Health Partnerships and The UME Group for Primary Care Trust NHS Hull as part of Hull’s LIFT programme.

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  • SAndals23

    “Our design integrates with the community and the urban grain, providing potential for night time use, linking to its surroundings, and making the most of the site in terms of functionality, sustainability and views to and from the site.”
    or....
    "It's a big ugly building like those around it and you can open the doors in the evening if you wish. It fills the site and you can see it for miles".......unfortunately.
    A perfect example of lazy, sticky on architectecure.....oh, and we'll need some form of entrance marker - how about a big coloured wedge - PERFECT!

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  • "It's a big ugly building like those around it"

    Sorry SAndals, but you obviously know nothing of the site itself. Opposite a characterful Georgian terrace and around the corner from Kingston Square - a well preserved Georgian square with a collection of gems. Personally I think this proposal is a vast improvement on this part of the city centre being ruined by a big surface car park.

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  • SAndals23

    John - you are correct I have no clue about the site and it's context - mearly commenting on the architect's description.
    Surrounded by some of the best examples of Georgian architecture daily, I am even more disappointed that this is the best the architect could design if the building is located as you note: no contextual reference, no hierchy of scale, no elevational proportion, no reinvention of the classical orders of architecture at all. Just a big ugly lump with a pointy red fin.
    I'm depressed all over again!
    Also, your "anything's better than what's there before" arguement is not good enough in my opinion.

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