GPs win double awards for £5m super surgery

The Berkshire practice that started 2014 in a 16th century Tudor building has ended the year in new premises that have won two prestigious architectural awards.

Wokingham Medical Centre is now one of the largest single-site practices in the country, after converting an ugly 1990s office block into a state of the art home for upto 16 GPs and 11 nurses, serving 23,300 patients.

The development was honoured as ‘Best Primary Care Development – Refurbishment’ at the Building Better Healthcare awards in November, after receiving the Retrofit award from The Architects’ Journal in September.

Lead partner on the project Dr Vipan Bhardwaj said: 'We’re delighted with our new home and immensely proud that it is now award winning, twice! Huge thanks goes to Barbara Weiss Architects whose approach to design has enabled us to deliver a beautiful, contemporary, calm and reassuring building.

'The practice has shown beyond doubt that medical spaces can be fit for purpose without being institutional, clinical or bland.'

The judges commented: 'Created out of an unremarkable office block, the new centre is at once stylish and welcoming, flooded with light, and with spaces that are simple and clinical, yet remain human.'

Architect Barbara Weiss told GPonline: 'We are immensely proud to have been involved with the project. Hopefully this all contributes to a general improvement in healthcare facilities across the UK.'

Read the full story of the Wokingham Medical Centre build here

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