ARCHIAL, one of the country’s largest architectural practices and a member of the global Ingenium Group of companies, has completed the £3.85 million Broxden Dental Centre in Perth for NHS Tayside.
Providing general primary care dentistry services and undergraduate teaching spaces for NHS Tayside and NHS Education Scotland, Broxden Dental Centre offers a quality working environment in this new landmark building.
It also makes NHS dental facilities accessible to all in the Perthshire area.
Occupying a section of greenfield land within Broxden Business Park, on the south western outskirts of Perth, the new dental centre lies adjacent to the busy A9 trunk road linking Perth to Inverness.
The site is sunken, with limited views from ground level.
Graham Whitters, senior architect at Archial, said: “Our response to the challenges posed by this site was to design a central courtyard, allowing us to create views for the ground floor areas and encourage visual and physical interaction.
“A two-storey element carefully placed between the courtyard and the road acts as a buffer to the noise generated from the adjacent A9.
“The building’s exterior is a study in balanced contrast. A ground floor, white render plinth provides a base for the dark fibre cement slate clad upper storey, which cantilevers to announce and protect the main building entrance.”
To de-stress anxious patients, vibrant colours are used throughout, diluting the clinical and institutional feel frequently associated with medical facilities.
Whitters continues: “Externally, randomly-sized, fibre cement panels at the windows introduce colour against the neutral backdrop of render and slate whilst, in the courtyard, the reception ‘pod’ is announced through the use of iridescent stainless cladding.”
Internally, the centre is bright, airy and welcoming. Expanses of glazing to the waiting area and ground floor corridors allow natural light to flood public areas and offer panoramic views of the courtyard.
Large windows in the first floor rooms exploit the views to the Perthshire hills whilst treatment rooms employ a calming pastel palette.
Use of solar panels, improved U-values, improved air tightness, use of heat exchangers, natural daylight and ventilation, intelligent lighting controls and sanitary fixtures with reduced water demand are all incorporated to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and promote sustainable design in a way that is beneficial to the user.
For further information please contact Graham Whitters 0141 204 6500
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Date 2nd March 2011
Notes to Editors
- Archial is an international architectural specialist with public and private-sector clients. Its diverse portfolio includes work in corporate, education, government, healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, residential, retail and transport sectors and it employs approximately 300 employees in offices throughout England and Scotland. The award winning Archial organisation has been known for delivering intelligent solutions that combine creative excellence with commercial success.
- Delivering global building solutions, the 900 employees of the privately held Ingenium Group of companies offer an extensive range of architectural, engineering, land use and development planning, interior design, project management, construction, design-build and partnership services through offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Middle East, and Asia. It has a broad and diverse portfolio of completed work within the commercial, government, transportation and lifestyle sectors, comprising some of the largest building projects in the world. The Ingenium Group member company brands include Archial, Alsop Sparch, NORR, Giffels, CION and Westpro. For more information: www.theingeniumgroup.com.
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