Concept design for an innovative, patient-first clinic in the Cairngorms National Park.
Recent changes in health policy have placed more responsibility on the patient to make choices about the most effective care and treatment. Ideally this will involve an integrated approach, bringing together traditional and complementary medicines, and taking a more holistic view of research, education, treatment and prevention. The Leemac Clinic embraces this vision, and sets out to be a centre of excellence for high quality total patient care. It is located on a rural woodland site in the Cairngorms National Park, drawing from this natural environment to create a healing ambience.
Orms’ design is for a series of buildings, set like pavilions within the wooded landscape, and including spa facilities and residential accommodation. The largest of the pavilions is the clinic itself. The building’s plan is an elongated hexagon, wrapping a central elliptical shape which informs the circulation space inside. Treatment rooms, assessment spaces and workshop and relaxation areas are located around the perimeter to enjoy views out into the surrounding woods. At two storeys, this is a domestically-scaled building which places the patient rather than the organisation first.