Wokingham Medical Centre, in Berkshire, is a 1,600 sq m NHS building, providing new facilities for up to 16 GPs and five nurses, along with a new pharmacy and flexible medical suite.
The brief to Barbara Weiss Architects (BWA) was to accommodate a large number of patients and GPs within a calm, non-institutional environment.
BWA substantially extended the existing building and added a penthouse conference room on the roof.
Design features include bespoke joinery used to create an intimate suite of consulting areas throughout the building and ‘clinical’ examination areas at the rear. The use of Intelligent Glass glazing on the front elevation at first and second floors, provides touch-of-a-button privacy to the consulting rooms behind.
Dr Vipan Bhardwaj, lead client GP for the development, said: ‘The architects’ approach to design has enabled us to deliver for Wokingham a beautiful, contemporary and innovative building.
‘The practice has shown beyond doubt that medical spaces can be fit for purpose without being institutional, clinical or bland.
‘Wokingham Medical Centre has warmth, character and, with its lighting and palette of materials and colours, is a building that is calm and reassuring.’
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