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healthcare By Michael Webb Photography by David Barbour Dean Street Express A storefront London clinic designed by PENSON has the lure of a cool boutique T he London-based firm PENSON specializes in the design of exuberant workplaces, with bright lighting, bold colors, and eye-catching patterns. While not known as a healthcare design firm, it brought that same vibrant spirit to a sexual health clinic in London's Soho. Dean Street Express is the first of its kind as a facility that provides speedy sexually transmitted disease testing in a boutique-like, inviting atmosphere eschewing any stigma or preconceptions of such a clinic. Sponsored by the City of Westminster and operated by the National Health Service (NHS), the clinic is the brainchild of two progressive physicians, Dr. Alan McOwan and Dr. Leslie Chislett, who run a more conventional clinic on the same street. "We told PENSON we wanted something that looked completely different from any other health clinic," McOwanm says. "Funding is getting tighter, so we had to adapt, but it's certainly a radical statement." Over the past three centuries, London's Soho has evolved from a community of immigrants from Europe and Asia to a hub of theater and movie production, clubs, and restaurants. On weekend nights, Soho is one big party, making it an ideal location for the clinic. Lead architect Andrew Tapsell understood the client's desire for a storefront operation that would alleviate the fear 58 and social stigma associated with getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The client located an old Soho building formerly occupied by an office, and Taspell gutted the ground floor and basement to transform the 3,720-square-foot interior. Streamlined, discrete intake process A lacy pattern printed on tinted film decorates walls and ceilings. It masks the glazed street facade but reveals movement beyond. "The doctors wanted someone walking past to catch a glimmer of what is happening and feel tempted to go inside-like an impulse shopper," Tapsell explains. "It encourages people to get a check-up while taking their minds off where they are." The intake process at this clinic is designed to be streamlined to avoid wait times for patients. A receptionist guides walk-ins to a bank of touch screens, where they enter vital information and are directed to one of four screening rooms down an axial corridor. The patient's sample is whisked by pneumatic tube to the test lab across from reception, where it is loaded into a complex machine that gives off a futuristic blue glow: technology as spectacle. Stairs lead down to a waiting area and four consulting rooms, and test results can be texted to mobile phones in two hours, sparing patients' anxiety. october 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2014

Contract - October 2014
Industry News
Columnist: Nurturing Staff to Enrich a Healthy Firm
Product Focus: Bedside Manner
Product Briefs
Lenox Hill HealthPlex
Dean Street Express
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (North)
2014 Healthcare Environment Awards
Mount Elizabeth Hospital Novena
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
Stanford Infusion Therapy & Ambulatory Treatment Center
Park Nicollet Women’s Center
American University of Beirut Academic and Clinical Center
Moorings Park Center for Healthy Living
Wellbrooke of Westfield
Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home
Book: Medical and Dental Space Planning, Fourth Edition
Book: Greening Health Care, How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet
Designers Select: Healthcare
Ad Index
Interior Detail

Contract - October 2014