When designing, planning and constructing a medical fitout, a good relationship with trusted advisors is essential. For medical centre 4D Skin Laser and Cancer Clinic, an open and healthy relationship with Space for Health ensured that the client saw value at every stage of the healthcare construction project.
The objective: Creating a fresh and modern healthcare space that stood out from the Sydney crowd, without compromising on budget. Head Designer for Private Clients, Elaine Gan, who was part of this project from start to finish, describes how Space for Health played an important role in helping 4D achieve their vision.
Client overview: 4D Skin Laser and Cancer Clinic
4D Skin Laser and Cancer Clinic offers everything under the dermatological umbrella, from tattoo removal to skin cancer removals. The challenge for this project was designing a space that ensured all elements were compliant with regulations, while still satisfying the project brief and aspirations of the client.
“The client came to us already having bought the site and wanted to make sure the requirements were up to scratch,” says Elaine. “We went and assessed the site from our end, including site measurements, photos – checking the site conditions against what our designers have to work with. Obviously this process had to suit both the client’s needs and the building codes of Australia right from the beginning.”
“We finalise the layout before we do the design development stage, which is the detail design. Once the layout is finalised and is approved by the client we then make sure it’s certified so we can proceed with the construction phase.”
What were some of the unique requirements for this project?
Several unique elements of this project stood out, according to Elaine, that made this medical fitout both a challenging and rewarding experience.
“For 4D the premise is in two floors. The main brief for this project was to have the clinic in the first floor,” says Elaine. “However, the existing building site did not have accessibility. We recommended the installation of a lift to be compliant with the building code, which the client was happy to do.”
“Because of our suggestion to install the lift, the client recognised our value in things beyond interior design, so wanted us to assist with redesigning the exterior. We put forward several designs and it really helped to make 4D feel like they’re being taken care of in terms of what they need until they managed to engage an architect to do the DA approvals for them.”
Space for Health: Adding value at each stage of the project
A core mantra for Space for Health is “trusted advisors.” In order to achieve this status, says Elaine, you have to be able to guide and support the client with whatever requests, or changes, that may arise.
“We ensure that the client is taken care of throughout the whole process,” says Elaine
For 4D, branding was an essential component of the design, yet was not finalised until midway through the project. “We had to adjust and change mid construction. It worked very well, and was fantastic seeing how the project evolved and how it made the client feel supported.”
“When you go into a place you should be able to see the uniqueness of their company and their branding. I think that’s what we delivered, making sure that the building identified with the client’s original vision,” said Elaine. “In terms of value engineering ,we put forward our recommendations of finishes, furniture that would suit the space and more. It’s a lot of coordination with the client if they’re willing to spend money and invest.”