This project saw the relocation of an existing cosmetic surgery located in the heart of Tunbridge Wells. The clinic resettled in a former listed five-storey, mid-terraced office building.
DMP received initial instruction back in November 2015 to develop and achieve a scheme that would utilise as mush of the existing building’s layout, yet still conform to Listed building constraints.
Proposals were to provide generous and comfortable accommodation for the Clinic’s patients before, during and after their procedures.
The Client base for the clinic meant patients would be coming from across the county for consultations and cosmetic treatment procedures. therefore the practice would be required to be inviting and luxurious whilst meeting the stringent requirements of the CQC (Care Quality Commission).
Prior to the clients taking ownership of the property, it had been used as offices for many years: its layout was typical for a period property of its age and offered generous room sizes and a spacious basement. The layout offered potential in design for good movement throughout the building whilst creating privacy for prospective patients.
The DMP Solution
DMP, working in collaboration with the Client’s Planning Consultant, obtained a “Change of Use” planning permission for the building and the necessary Listed Building Consent for the internal alterations.
We developed a proposal for specialist ventilation and refuse arrangements, which was submitted to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for approval; together with the Noise Acoustic Report and satisfying planning conditions.
The client was keen to use DMP’s knowledge and experience in confirming specifications and requirements for the CQC, incorporating these into the detailed program of works. Resulting in DMP project managing the project.
We prepared a design and specification including certain needed documentation such as Building Regulations. Tender Packages were issued to Contractors to provide quotes with a view to commence late Summer 2016.
The client was keen for the project to meet certain design requirements whilst adhering to strict medical legislation and ideals which a high quality cosmetic surgery should portray. Therefore DMP sourced specialist items from joinery and sanitaryware; to design and installation of feature tiling and floor finishes.
DMP’s own skilled CAD team were able to draft detailed drawings for the property which illustrated general arrangements, plumbing and electrical routes, and the integration of specialist medical equipment.
The management of this project was essential. With the proposed scheme demanding an organised, strict and professional ethos.
The appointed contractor was supplied with information on every aspect of the project. Site inspections and meetings between contractor, Client and their representative were conducted almost daily towards the latter stages of the project. All to ensure the client’s expectations for opening were achieved.
The official opening of the clinic all hinged on the CQC inspection in December 2016 which passed with flying colours.
The end result of this project has utilised an existing building and transformed it into a high quality clinic. The cosmetic surgery is often seen on social media outlets and is known for its high standards.