Optegra Eye Hospital
Specialist provider of ophthalmic services and a pioneer in eye health care, Optegra approached IBI in 2013 to design its flagship hospital in the prestigious Harley Street area of London. IBI’s architectural and interior design solution transformed two heritage buildings to create a world-class healthcare environment, offering a full range of patient services within a single integrated facility.
ClientOptegra UK Limited
All eyes on Optegra’s flagship refurbishment in the Harley Street area of London
Working with Optegra since 2009, IBI Group was appointed to work on the feasibility and design of a new flagship ophthalmic hospital that would provide patients with both consultation and surgical services in a single facility in London’s medically-prestigious Harley Street area.
The state-of-the-art facility occupies six floors of two adjacent former residential properties at 25 & 27 Queen Anne Street. Behind stunning Victorian & Edwardian façades, this modern, patient-centric hospital forms an elegant and coherent space, exemplifying clinical excellence and calm, welcoming comfort. Patients visiting the eye hospital typically remain conscious throughout their clinical procedures, and consequently have a heightened awareness of their environment. One of IBI’s main priorities was to optimise the provision of natural light throughout the building – a significant challenge in a building type characterised by a multiplicity of functional spaces, many requiring enclosure for reasons of privacy or clinical functionality.
Onsite facilities include a dedicated refractive suite, spacious consultant rooms, two operating theatres with an associated stage-one recovery room, a recovery suite with private patient pods, and a dedicated floor for staff including a south-facing roof terrace. The hospital’s interior design makes extensive use of high-quality art and every aspect of the facility has been designed to flow perfectly, with patients’ needs at the heart of its design.
Denise Medcraff studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and has a wide range of experience designing for commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors during her successful career with IBI Group. As Office Principal, Denise oversees the operational and service quality of various sizes and complexity of projects via various procurement routes including.A talented architect herself, Denise is extremely practiced at managing in-house architectural teams as well as coordinating consultants. Her project management skills allow her to direct the team while ensuring the projects achieve design excellence via a robust quality management system.
In healthcare, Denise has wide-ranging experience working with Trusts, private health providers and contractors to deliver estate strategies, master planning, refurbishment and new build commissions. In Education, Denise is specializes in the design development stages of Higher Education projects, reviewing the student journey and experience through the built environment. Denise?s practical knowledge of client and working group consultation, follows the design process though a structured series of meetings and end user workshops which in turn develops the client?s vision through to fruition.
Pip Burrows is an interior designer, tasked with supporting the wider IBI Group interiors team, and working principally in the healthcare, science and education sectors. He consistently strives to create environments that inspire wellbeing across multiple sectors and takes a people focused approach to any scheme. He has taken a keen interest in healthcare design and is continually applying his design skills to aid in the production of high quality schemes. Pip has evolved a skill set well adapted to producing captivating visualisations and accurate technical detailing. He is also familiar with the associated challenges presented throughout a project and is capable of responding to these with innovative solutions.
Optegra Eye Health Care