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Extension + conversion to doctors surgery

Project type: Healthcare

Build cost: £330, 000

Location: Woodhouse, Sheffield, S13

Client: Woodhouse Health Centre

Contractor: Sanderson Building Services

Status: Completed 2018. On time and budget.

Fees: Advance Package

Building contract: RIBA Concise Building Contract

Area cost: £1794 / m²

One of Sheffield’s largest doctors surgeries had run out of space and needed help to expand their premises. We helped design a new side extension to create a new Patient Record Store, Nurses Store and two accessible toilets + conversion / internal fit out to create three additional Clinical Consulting Rooms, new Main Reception, new 24 hour Night-Time / Small Reception, new Patient Waiting Area and new Staff Offices. Alterations were also completed to create a Flexible Multi Use Room and additional Staff Offices.

Cost was a major problem as Tender estimates came in above budget. Value engineering was conducted where cost breakdowns were analysed in detail and ways of saving costs agreed with the contractor. £115, 000 of cost savings were agreed so the project could proceed.

Large amount of custom furniture design to suit project specifics. Fully accessible wheelchair friendly environment. Advanced infection control measures were designed that exceeded NHS / CCG standards and were in place before the Coronavirus existed. Interior design scheme introduced colour psychology to create calming surroundings coupled with passive security design, [through consultation with South Yorkshire Police Architectural Liaison Officers].

The existing building was relatively famous when first constructed in c1989 as it was a pioneering, super energy efficient building, originally designed by Robert and Brenda Vale. The high levels of insulation still exceed the current Building Regulations over 20 years later and the heat required and running costs of the building are still remarkably low.

Problems Solved:

Big cost savings while still delivering the project brief + multi-phase construction on live, operational doctors surgery + NHS funding approvals and sign off

What our customers say

Impressed with the attention to detail and how problems were solved…

“We employed Nathan to help design and project manage the expansion and remodelling of our large Health Centre and are very happy with the end result, it’s exactly what we wanted. Impressed with the attention to detail, engagement with stakeholders, how problems were solved and how easy the plans were to understand. Especially the 3D walk throughs, as these helped us and the staff really understand things. 

As the project was part funded by the NHS, cost control and NHS approval was of utmost importance and Nathan helped us to achieve this without a hitch, although it was challenging at times. 

The project management side of things also went really well, after having bad experiences from previous construction projects. The contractors Nathan suggested, were professional, courteous, tidy and finished on time. Our staff are also really impressed with their new comfortable workspaces and how effective they are.

 We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Nathan and we already have on several occasions.”

Gordon Osborne, Practice Manager, Woodhouse Health Centre

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