Island Medical Centre
The Island Medical Centre & Pharmacy is the result of the amalgamation of three existing medical practices into one single centre that aspires to provide a standout service to the island’s community.
The doctors selected Naish Waddington Interiors as designers and lead consultants for their project and over a two year period worked together closely to create an interior layout that was both styled and functional, that maximised natural light and had high levels of acoustic control for patient privacy. Naish Waddington also created the brand identity for the centre that was cohesive with the designed space.
After a rigorous selection process, both Style Shopfitting and Style Office were successful in securing the combined fitout and furniture supply contracts, giving both companies an opportunity to prove their skills in marrying a design brief with the specific and complex needs of a medical centre.
Following the construction phase of the centre, the Style companies took possession of the built shell of concrete floors and blockwork walls and set about transforming it into a bright and contemporary space with a high quality finish which suited the needs of a busy clinic and pharmacy.
As well as taking the needs of patients and staff into consideration, the layout, design, furniture and storage also needed to be tailored to include the installation of medical equipment that would be supplied and fitted by specialist sub-contractors.
Both Style companies worked closely with project managers, Colin Smith Partnership, and interior designer Suzy Cornic from Naish Waddington Interiors to ensure that the fitout, from joinery to waiting room seating, matched the designer’s vision and met the needs of the client.
The objective was to create an environment which was bright and modern and would bring colour into the centre’s waiting areas.
For Style Office this meant sourcing furniture which would appeal to all age groups and create a patient friendly atmosphere.
This theme also flowed from the public areas into the design and furniture choices for the consulting rooms where, again, the functionality needed to be balanced with patient comfort and the desire of all parties to create something special.
The furniture used has successfully created the right environment for the client. Using innovative products and fabric selections Style Office were able to support Suzy’s vision of a vivid and contemporary interior. It was pleasing to have the opportunity to demonstrate our flexibility and skill in sourcing unusual products to meet this demanding brief.
One of the challenges for Style Office in finding products and fabrics was that they had to be suitable for use in a medical environment. Fabrics were sourced from a wide selection of manufacturers in different materials and obtained testing certificates where required. Particular attention was given to sourcing suitable fabrics that met the colour specifications of the design as well as the durability, easy maintenance and practical requirements of the client. Seating needed to adhere to minimum size and weight criteria and all products needed to conform to appropriate standards for contract use in this environment.
Style Office’s Mark Shaw researched a wide range of products in order to fulfil the client’s requirements and sourced products from countries all over Europe, including Italy, Spain, Ireland, France, the UK and Austria.
In each of the consulting rooms the furniture was adapted to suit the specific technical requirements of the medical centre. The consultants’ work-stations were all configured to achieve a balance between accessibility and confidentiality. Carefully structured cable control and rounded worktops both added to patient comfort.