7 Stage Oyster Design Process

Creating a lasting impression with our seven stage oyster fitout process

With 20 years of experience our design and architectural team, using our unique design process can revolutionise the way your practice operates in terms of both Patient Experience (PX) and User (or staff) Experience (UX). Find out more about each step of our renowned Oyster Design Process:

STAGE ONE - SPATIAL PLANNING AND ROOM LAYOUTS

  • Detailed analysis of premises and consideration for client needs, ideas and business goals. Consideration for patient, dentist and nurse flow through the practice.
  • Professional measured survey by a specialist surveyor.
  • Preparation of sketch floor plans using Computer Aided Design software (CAD), scaled 1:50, showing proposed and conceptual layout plans.
  • Site visit by a design consultant for discussions about proposed designs including consideration for patient flow, fire regulations, DDA compliance and HTM01-05 compliance.
  • Refining and rework of sketch proposal.

STAGE TWO - BUILDING REGULATIONS

  • The drawings will consist of site plan, location plan, general arrangement plans with all basic construction information and layout of fire alarm, generic finishes (e.g. painted wall but not specification of colour etc.)
  • Preparation of access statement including liaison with building inspector and submitting drawings and forms.
  • Liasion with an approved building inspector.

Stage three - detailed drawings                                                                                                                   

Liaison with external consultants (plumber, electrician, HVAC suppliers, contractor etc.) We would prepare a full set of manufacturing drawings ready for production of all the fixed furniture items (reception desk, storage etc). We will also further update the general arrangement plans to show the integration of detailed design elements, lighting, and HVAC.

Include production of room service drawings detailing required positions for all chair and cabinetry services needed for the building contractors to start work. Plumbing runs for suction pipework and compressor pipework given consideration. Plant housing, like suction pump and compressor assessed with the client and located in optimum position. All services are designed to be ‘future proofed’ to facilitate changing requirements with technological advances.                    

STAGE FOUR - BRANDING, GRAPHIC AND INTERIOR DESIGN                                                                                

Preparation of a new brand identity, colour scheme and artwork for window vinyl and internal promotional graphics. Design production for new shop front signage.

Detailed discussions with the client about colour schemes and practice branding to ensure an in-depth understanding of the patient experience to be achieved.

Includes coloured 3D perspective visuals to show materials and finishes. Sample boards of all finishes. Updating general arrangement drawings and elevations with finishes chosen.

STAGE FIVE - PROJECT INITIATION 

  • Design Review
  • Choices Finalised
  • Scheduling and site details agreed to ensure minimum disruption.
  • Notify building control and HSE as required.
  • Construction Design Management (CDM) documentation and procedures put in place.

STAGE SIX - INSTALLATION 

  • Site work commences – construction, plumbing, electrics, flooring, HVAC, decorations.
  • Cabinetry installation planned and carried out.
  • Dental equipment installation planned and carried out.
  • Regular site meetings held to keep the project running to plan.

Stage SEVEN - PROJECT HANDOVER AND TRAINING 

  • Equipment cleaning and maintenance sessions.
  • Operations and maintenance manual produced.
  • Cabinetry and equipment tweaks as required.
  • Equipment installation certificates

 

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