Super-merge of five medical practices - West Bridgford

Full planning approval has been granted for the new, brp architects designed, medical centre for West Bridgford in Nottingham to create premises for five existing practices in the area. 

West Bridgford Medical Centre - Sketch representation of reception/atrium area

The scheme sees the merger of the Ludlow Hill Surgery; Trent Bridge Medical Practice; Southview Surgery; Compton Acre Medical Centre and the stand-alone Musters Medical Practice all coming together within one building, along with a new Pharmacy and other associated services. 

The approval is the culmination of a thorough and in-depth site sequential testing process; public and patient consultations; planning and Environment Agency consultations and a rigorous package of planning drawings and documents.

West Bridgford Medical Centre - Car parking plan and site/roof plan

The site, located on Wilford Lane, West Bridgford, is owned by the Environment Agency who used it as a compound area during the construction of the River Trent flood defences.

A major influence on the design of the building is the Trent flood plain that impacts on the site. This has necessitated the raising of the building on stilts above the flood level, resulting in the building being set far back form the pavement line in order to provide a disabled-compliant approach and less obtrusive massing.

The building is primarily a Primary Care Centre and Pharmacy but has designated areas for ancillary uses for separate tenants.

West Bridgford Medical Centre - Visual representation

The building will provide general medical services to the existing patient community as well as additional services and “care closer to home” with the view to reducing referrals to hospitals and specialists. 

West Bridgford Medical Centre - Ground and first floor plans

The concepts for the design of the building are centred around a core atrium space containing a reception and waiting space and the previously mentioned raising of the building. These create a striking approach flanked by rendered feature walls into the dramatic double-height atrium. 

West Bridgford Medical Centre - Visual representation

Externally the building is a mix of render, brickwork and blockwork, drawing reference from the local area and arranged to break up the long side elevations. The dynamically angled roof will be supported by angled columns in each corner of the building. Ribbons of curtain walling will help articulate the façades further, combined with the rising of the building out of the ground, will create a lightness and sensitive contextural approach to what is predominantly a large building. 

This hub of West Bridgford, scheduled to start on site in late spring/summer 2013, will provide the 30,000+ patients with modern, state of the art, primary healthcare for many years to come.

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