Richard Mitzman Architects completes twin surgeries for new clinic in Chelmsford
The client required a two-surgery implant and surgical unit with facilities for staff and training courses and for sterilisation facilities compliant with not yet enforced 'best practice' standards. This was to adjoin the clinic we built in 2003. Yet it also had to be clearly independent to reassure dentists referring patients there that it is for specialist procedures only. It was thus to have its own entrance, reception and waiting areas. Included was to be a staff room that could also be used for training courses, with up to 16 delegates watching on large screens procedures in the surgeries below.
For ergonomic efficiency and to eliminate cross infection the sky lit surgeries are between separate circulation for patients and staff. Twin surgeries for each dentist allow one to be cleaned and prepared while the other is in use, which is proven to considerably increase productivity. Separating surgeries and staff circulation are purpose-designed double-access storage cabinets. In this, or in the mobile trolleys parked below it, is all necessary equipment, leaving a compact and uncluttered surgery. All worktops and cabinet doors, as well as the frosted screens and doors between the surgery and the patient circulation, are in 'seen to be clean' glass. The decontamination unit with 'dirty' and 'clean' procedures in separate rooms complies with 'best practice'.
Designed with a crisply contemporary idiom with abundant glazing softened by a projecting timber shade screen and Linit 'U' profile glass. Construction is steel frame infilled with block work, the whole highly insulated, rendered and painted. The timber-deck sedum roof over the surgeries is punctuated by sky lights. Much of the upper floor, accessed by a glass and stainless-steel sided stair, is enclosed in translucent Linit 'U' profile glass.
The client, dentist Dr. Andrew Moore, said about the project: 'The building a dedicated implant and advanced surgical unit to extend my existing clinic was an exciting and necessary step to further my vision of the Advance Dental Clinic as a recognised, state-of-the-art, 'centre of excellence'. This vision inspires the quality and range of treatment on offer (catering to referrals as well as registered patients), the in-house presence of specialist equipment such as a CT scanner and the running of training courses there. It is also encapsulated in the design and fit-out of the clinic to not only ensure optimal ergonomics and efficiency - and control cross infection - but also to enhance the whole experience of being there for patients, dentists and dental staff. For me, these are all of apiece, each (including ambience and aesthetics) reinforcing the other in a positive feedback loop of raised performance and patient expectations.”