New Build Medical Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield

Client: Dr Mukhopadhyay
Completed: 2010

Budget: £2m

We were appointed to develop designs for a new build surgery on a brownfoeld site, across the road from the practice’s existing premises. External funding helped to realise the development, which included the creation of a rentable Pharmacy unit and the provision of independent offices and meeting rooms for Nottinghamshire Drug & Alcohol Abuse Team (DAAT). We also identified a portion of the site suitable for residential use and gained planning approval for new build apartments. The GP practice sold this portion of the land, and the increase in its value helped to offset the cost of the new medical centre.

The surgery occupies the majority of the ground floor, with the main entrance at the higher level, on King Street. This provides easy and level access to the six GP and two Nurse Practitioner consulting rooms, all designed to meet the latest HBN and HTM guidance. The waiting area is located to one side to provide good levels of privacy for patients at reception, and affords pleasant views over the Market Place. The Pharmacy unit occupies the remainder of the ground floor, with a prominent position close to shopping streets and public car parks. Administration rooms, staff facilities and a minor surgery room are situated at first floor, all are served by a lift from the main reception, shared with the DAAT offices.

The design of the medical centre has been carefully considered through discussion with the planners and client to relate the varied heights of the adjacent Victorian shops. This worked well from a practical point of view, in that windows to the consulting rooms are set back from the pavement. This, along with a change in the ground levels, greatly improves privacy for patients and doctors, whilst allowing natural light in. The building fabric and services were designed to achieve high levels of energy efficiency and the overall development obtained a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating.