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Planning approval for Dean Bradley House

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September 2023

Squire & Partners’ designs for Dean Bradley House in Westminster for renowned care home operator Medici Lifecare have been approved.

London’s largest healthcare consent since the Cleveland Clinic in 2017, this flexible consent for clinical or care home uses on the site responds to an established need for this type of provision in Westminster.

The new low carbon development will deliver much needed healthcare infrastructure in the capital, with an all-electric building housing facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool that will be accessible to NHS patients.

Squire & Partners’ design of the 10-storey building addressing Horseferry Road takes inspiration from the proportions and materiality of the adjacent Grade II-listed Belgravia House. Red brick panels reference the predominant material of the conservation area and Portland stone piers relate to the Queen Anne Revival style of the surrounding context. The upper two set back levels of the building will be clad in a light bronze finish, and four double-height arches at its base mark the main entrance. Detailing includes bespoke-patterned cornicing and bronze metalwork inspired by the history of the area.

The purpose-built development will optimise its operational performance, floorplates and layouts, and deliver the high level of M&E required for care suites, Laminar flow theatres and a hydrotherapy pool.

Embodied carbon will be reduced by partially retaining the existing basement walls, with façade and building services designed for modular offsite construction. Heated via air-source heat-pumps, the fossil-fuel free building will generate renewable energy through roof-mounted photovoltaic panels.

Murray Levinson, Partner at Squire & Partners:

“Building on our long term relationship with Westminster Council and working with Medici Lifecare, we have expanded our healthcare portfolio at Dean Bradley House. Our design complements the grandeur of brick and stone buildings in the conservation area, where a tripartite elevation of a central stone bay is flanked by brick wings.”

Mark Ellison, Co-Founder COO at Medici Lifecare – Head of Healthcare Strategy and Operational Management:

“We are proud of our current CQC Outstanding rating, which puts us in the top 2% of operators in the country and look forward to bringing these high levels of care to Central London. This state of the art facility will assist in addressing the overwhelming need for social care within the borough, whilst providing training and employment for over 200 care givers.”

Toby Burgess, Co-Founder CEO at Medici Lifecare – Head of Corporate Strategy and Property Development:

“Successfully obtaining planning consent, for one of prime Central London’s few Landmark Healthcare Facilities, continues to demonstrate our ability to overcome the high barriers of entry within our healthcare model.”

Knight Frank’s Capital Markets and Healthcare teams have been appointed as advisers.