This project was focussed on the development of a new Primary Care Centre to allow the South Petherton practice to relocate from their obsolete, converted house into a new purpose-built facility.
The new building provides accommodation for the seven GPs of Martock Surgery and their staff, together with clinical accommodation for private GPs and a pharmacy.
The site of the new facility is strategically located directly adjacent to the new South Petherton Community Hospital. Like the hospital, the primary care centre serves the needs of the population of South Petherton and that of the wider surrounding area. The initial strategy had been to include the primary care centre on the same site as the hospital. This ultimately proved impractical as the GPs would have been squeezed into too small an area. We consequently secured an acre of land directly adjacent to the hospital site which ensured sufficient flexibility for future expansion. This is important as there is no other GP practice operational in the area. The new primary care centre benefits from its own car park, providing 32 car spaces. The site is also served by public transport.
The building was designed having full regard to the architecture in the local area and, of course, the new neighbouring hospital. It fits very well into its environment and has been well received by the local community. Internally, the accommodation has been set out so that it is both efficient and flexible. As well as providing excellent clinical accommodation, the building also provides for the needs of the staff.
The building is designed to be energy efficient and a BREEAM Very Good rating has been achieved.
“Barn-style” design in keeping with rural location
7 GP Practice and additional private GP accommodation
Excellent clinical facilities enabling a wide range of services