LCE were appointed to undertake the conversion of the allocated D1 ground floor and lower ground floor space, located in the Art Deco Grade II listed former Ocean Hotel in Saltdean, for a brand new bespoke Primary Care Facility to accommodate two existing GP surgeries.
The surgery is part of a larger housing development (designed by others) of 279 units, 45 of which are in the converted main building. The complex planning process included the preservation of the existing structure’s historic features designed by RWH Jones in 1938, collaboration with the contractor/developer and other consultants, a tight budget and multiple stakeholder consultations.
Further complexity during the planning process included the layout for both practices to work independently, a pharmacy with different opening hours, sharing one entrance and providing security. All the above had to be within the PCT guidelines and infection control along with considerations for providing an excellent patient friendly environment.
The main challenge in the design of the fit out was to create an efficient layout with attractive interiors whilst preserving, and wherever possible exposing, the existing historic features. This lead to the integration of the decorations from the original dining room – for instance, the ‘Sporting nymphs’ were exposed to the west facing bays in each consulting room and a long relief completely exposed in the staff corridor as well as the original recessed lighting fittings to the ceiling soffits being repaired and brought back to life.
LCE Architects provided a modern surgery upgraded to meet long term high quality standard of health service which received very positive feedback by staff and patients, who appreciate the integration of the historic features and establish a relationship between the old and new.