Building Design weighs in on Finsbury Health Centre

‘Dark, sour and miserable’ – Building Design’s verdict on Islington’s newer health centres in this recent article, ‘the exact opposite of the sunny, optimistic place that Lubetkin created with such rigour and passion.’ Also earlier this month the Architect’s Journal blamed the government’s disasterous PFI programme as the fundamental problem in getting Finsbury Health Centre refurbished. Keep ’em coming –

Heritage of London Trust Operations, whom we met last month, is very enthusiastic about taking on the building, and feel they would be able to gather enough grant and cheap loan funding to refurbish the building and lease it back to the PCT at less than market rents. Despite earlier more optimistic noises in the press, Rachel Tyndall’s quote in the BD article was lukewarm on the subject. Hopefully a reasonable decision from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel will help NHS Islington (PCT) show more willing to work on this option.

Our campaign is putting the final touches to the evidence we’re presenting to the IRP which is due in next week. Since Islington Council’s decision to refer on 12 February, the silence from politicians of all parties has been somewhat deafening. We hope this means that pressure is being exerted behind the scenes, and not that the referral decision was merely a sop to head off our threat of judicial review.

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