The completed scheme
To complement the adjoining listed building, a mill owner's mansion, the surgery was designed in the style of a coach house. The upper floor rooms, partly contained within the roof, benefit from a great deal of natural light and provide dedicated office space. Generous parking was the icing on the cake. All the client’s requirements were met and the development also included space for a pharmacy. All clinical space is at ground floor level and the building has a gross internal floor area of over 8,000 sq ft.
The Practice were operating from two converted semi-detached houses, already expanded into the basements and roof space – and they were very keen to move into new premises. The GPs had been looking for some time and growth plans were on hold. More space was required in all areas, clinical, admin and patient waiting, along with space to accommodate District Nurses and Health Visitors. As part of the project, Oakapple agreed to acquire the old surgery, allaying partner GP concerns over negative equity.
The approach from the GPs coincided with Oakapple's acquiring a former mill owner’s mansion with extensive grounds nearby. Although the intention was to develop the entire site for housing, we were able to amend our plans and accommodate Mayfield Medical Centre within the scheme.
The mansion house was an imposing listed building with large grounds, including an ornamental lake. Oakapple ensured the design of the new surgery complemented this whilst still meeting the needs of the Practice.