Healthcare facilities can be defined as public buildings which have public responsibilities and yet contain largely private functions. This gives us a unique opportunity to design complex buildings which have very specific technical requirements which need to be integrated with important social and public functions.
JCA’s projects demonstrate our skill in taking these highly technical briefs and creating simple elegant buildings from these. We understand the processes that take place within them and the requirements of those who use them. Safety, privacy and dignity are the baseline not the goal.
We ensure that the needs of both clinicians and patients are celebrated in buildings which improve the workplace and the patients’ experience. This requires intelligent collaboration and well organised engagement that widens the scope of their design to the public realm from their campus to their graphic identity.
Many of these buildings will outlive their current briefs. We apply generic planning solutions wherever possible within a ‘chassis’ of circulation systems that allows component parts to be ‘unplugged’. These are expensive buildings. We are experienced at squeezing the best value from the budget in both capital and revenue terms.
We never lose sight of the patient. We are committed to breaking down institutional scale to make safe and uplifting environments which eliminate ‘hospital-land’ wherever possible bringing comfort with the materials we use, the forms which we create and the use of sunlight, shadow, landscape and colour.