Graseby House, Barnet

In support of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Free Charity has appointed Box Architects for a new multi-purpose space serving the residents of Barnet, north London.

Graseby House, part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust estates, is to undergo a comprehensive refurbishment and will have an innovative combination of functions including offices, spaces for rent, a support hub as well as key worker and student accommodation.

The ground floor will consist of offices for NHS staff as well as spaces available for rent. Crucially, it will include a support hub for locals with long-term medical conditions. Graseby House will enable both patients and carers to access the correct support and information, ensuring a better quality of life for individuals – both mentally and physically.

The floors above will become key worker accommodation for staff employed by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. They will also provide housing for students enrolled at the nearby Barnet and Southgate College. Combined, the building will consist of 63 flats with en-suite bathrooms as well as communal kitchens, laundry and storage facilities.

Graham Place, CEO of Box Architects, says: “We are delighted to have been appointed for this much-needed community space in north London. Our team, led by Chris Haigh, has worked exceptionally hard to ensure our ideas meet the future needs of residents across Barnet.”

A contractor will be appointed in the autumn with building expected to begin on site in early 2019.