A sign showing the John Morden Centre.

WATCH: Blackheath elderly community site wins national architecture award

A day facility building for elderly people in Blackheath, south London, has won a top national architecture award.

The John Morden Centre, a part of the John Morden College community complex, was awarded the Stirling Prize for its use of sustainable materials and welcoming design.

Around 120 residents live independently in their own apartments, with around 30 others in a dedicated care home on-site.

The College is an almshouse charity, providing a home for older people in financial hardship where many live independently in apartments.

To win the prize, the building beat five rivals including the Lavender Hill Courtyard Housing in Clapham and the University of Warwick’s Faculty of Arts building.

Alex Ely, the architect of the John Morden Centre, said: “We were delighted to win the prize because the John Morden Centre is a piece of social infrastructure, and that’s a building type and sector that rarely gets recognised.

“The building is trying to drive a strong environmental agenda by reducing carbon and energy needs, but also to be an uplifting building for those who use it.”

You can watch the full report on the centre below.

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