Photograph of Burrell Street Clinic Waiting Area for the NHS

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.

Photograph of Burrell Street Clinic in Existing Railway Arches

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.

Photograph of Burrell Street Clinic Interiors for the NHS
Photograph of NHS Burrell Street Clinic Details
Photograph of Burrell Street Clinic Consultation Rooms for the NHS

“Setting visitors at ease, while having a little fun with the subject matter.”

Healthcare Design Magazine
June 2013

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