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Iconic London health centre turns 75

by Hannah Murdoch

Residents and architecture enthusiasts came together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of London’s most iconic healthcare buildings.

Finsbury Health Centre was built in 1938 and designed by renowned modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin, with an aim to provide quality healthcare for people living in central London’s slums.

Today it is still a working health centre and more than 150 people turned out for a party in honour of the Centre, which is listed by English Heritage at Grade 1 due to its unique place in the history of architecture and healthcare.

Owners NHS Property Services granted special permission for the Finsbury Health Centre Preservation Trust, which is working to raise money to help restore the building, to hold the party in the reception area after the services on site had closed for the day.

The Preservation Trust's Finsbury Health Centre cake certainly did not last as long as the real thing.

The Preservation Trust’s Finsbury Health Centre cake certainly did not last as long as the building it was modelled on.

The party was attended by members of the Preservation Trust, current and former patients of the Centre, representatives from architecture firms, and even some relatives of people who played key roles in commissioning and building it back in 1938.

Finsbury Councillor Martin Klute said: “I would like to thank NHS Property Services for allowing us to hold this event and also for the support they have given to the Trust’s ambitions for restoration.”

You can find out more about the history of Finsbury Health Centre here.