The John Morden Centre: An award-winning place of hope during a social care crisis

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This Housing LIN Case Study (No. 171), written by Heather Bell, Associate at Mæ Architects, showcases The John Morden Centre, an award-winning place of hope during a social care crisis. 

The day care centre, adjoining the almshouses at Morden College, a charity in Blackheath, London, won the RIBA’s Stirling Prize 2023. It has been at the forefront of tackling social isolation and is designed to be a hub for beneficiaries’ social activities and health and wellbeing needs.

Find out how it sensitively engages with existing context in a familiar architectural language, delivered using modern methods of construction to provide a high quality, long lasting, and sustainable facility for the next 100 years of the College’s work.

This day care centre housing health and social facilities shines a spotlight on the potential for architecture to uplift the human spirit and help residents thrive in their later years.