Extra rooms + new reception area to doctors surgery

Project type: Healthcare

Build cost: £280, 000

Location: Marston, Bedfordshire, MK43

Client: Marston Forest Healthcare + Integrated Project Solutions

Contractor: Meadsway Construction

Status: Completed 2020

Fees: Basic Package

Building contract: JCT Intermediate Form of Contract [IFC]

Area cost: £832 / m²

An outdated and increasingly busy doctors surgery needed to expand, to be able to accommodate the growing numbers of patients and staff + comply with the latest regulations. As there was no space on site to fit an extension on, we re-jigged the internal layout to squeeze in an extra 4 clinical rooms + a larger, enhanced reception, waiting area and private interview room. Administration staff were moved into a separate unit of old shops nearby which were converted to form an open plan office for 10 staff + a meeting room for 10 people + a managers office + a staff room + new patient record store. Split into two phases, Phase 1 = old shops conversion + Phase 2 = main surgery upgrades.

We were originally asked to prepare two layout design options, based on client preferences, but we didn’t think these solved the problems that needed to be dealt with. Therefore, we designed a bonus third option, free of charge, which created a much more efficient and pleasant space to use. Our last, unthought of option, was the best one, as it solved the problems and this was chosen.

The brief included creating a ’boutique hotel’ type of main entrance / reception / waiting area to create a nicer user experience. Biophilic / nature design principles have also been incorporated to help create a calm environment that aids anxious visitors.

Upgrading the old building to be fully wheelchair accessible + complying with the latest NHS / CCG infection control standards were incorporated into the design. Not part funded by the NHS but funded by the local authority, under a Section 106 funding agreement, which is a fund put aside to help local communities.

Problems Solved:

Providing the best design layout + creating attractive designs while on a tight budget

What our customers say

Nathan’s design considered things we hadn’t thought of, that made the whole scheme work a lot better and more efficiently 

“We worked with Nathan to help expand a busy doctors surgery to gain more consulting rooms and staff space. Nathan’s initial concept design options were great and considered things we hadn’t thought of, that made the whole scheme work a lot better and more efficiently. The detailed technical design and associated information was very thorough with nothing missed off. This helped provide accurate costs plus it meant the actual building work was faster and easier for the site workers. We also found Nathan very amicable, easy to work with and flexible, with everything we agreed, delivered on time to a high standard.

Everyone loves the new rooms, it’s now a pleasant experience for patients to visit and staff to work in. We highly recommend Nathan’s services and would happily use his services again in the future.”

Brian Smith, Director, Integrated Project Solutions

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