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NHS - Burrell Street Clinic

Taking the stigma out of visiting a sexual
health clinic

Mowat & Company were architect and interior designers on the refurbishment of two railway arches to create a sexual health centre for the NHS. The brief was to create a welcoming sexual health centre which had a look and feel that was very different from the standardised hospital environment to help break down taboos around the nature of the centre.

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The design incorporates a welcoming informal waiting area with a communal table and complimentary coffee and generous day-lit circulation. The consultation rooms that are divided into two separate areas - a warm conversational space to encourage discussion and a fresh clinical examination section. Artwork throughout the centre such as mobiles comprising forms that refer to abstract sexual organs and ceiling illustrations of sexual puns create a positive and welcoming atmosphere.

Visitor numbers have increased hugely and feedback has been very positive.

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‘Setting visitors at ease, while having a little fun with the subject matter.’

Healthcare Design Magazine
June 2013