The Boulevard was developed as a GP drop in centre located in the heart of the town centre in Weston-super-Mare. The objective of the project was to deliver general health service provision to unregistered service users and to encourage engagement of the large transient population within the town. The facility is located on the high street next to Tesco and developed a comfortable open shop feel to the elevation.
Alongside GP health services is located a Health Shop – on of the first in the UK in this format. It provides drop in advice for public health issues such as smoking, diet, alcohol, exercise etc… to encourage healthy living. The Health Shop also runs health campaigns and workshops to local users.
The medical facilities within the centre include consulting and treatment rooms, clean and dirty utility, office and staff support areas.
There was plenty of care and attention paid to the interior design and fitting of the building to present a comfortable, natural environment that wasn’t too clinic or off putting to patients. This had to be balanced with infection control requirements and ease of use and maintenance.