Our objective is to create excellent physical environments in support of the care. Careful consideration is given to the impact the building has on patients, staff and neighbours in its humanity, material quality and appearance.
Buschow Henley focuses on community healthcare buildings in London. These buildings are being commissioned under the government NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) programme, which brings together Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) with private companies – in our case Building Better Health. Larger than a conventional GP’s practice these are intended to be civic buildings, beacons in the community. Equally the buildings are pragmatic in their construction, with principles of environmental impact, flexibility and adaptability guiding their design. Our involvement in LIFT stretches across 12 Boroughs in south and west London covering a third of the population of London. The £6.5 million St John’s Therapy Centre (Wandsworth) providing care for stroke and accident victims and the £12.5 million Waldron Health Centre (Lewisham) with primary care, ante/ post-natal, sexual health, community dentistry and flexible use suites will both start on site in 2005.
An example of our healthcare work outside the NHS is the fertility clinic for the Centre for Reproductive Medicine completed in 2002. We are currently developing a number of other schemes in the £3 to £12 million range.