As you are probably well aware, there are numerous things that you need to consider before signing a lease or purchasing a property in order to start up your new medical, dental or veterinary clinic.
Here are a few things that we raise with potential clients when discussing their new practice and interior design requirements.
- Location – Research the area. Not only do you want to make sure you aren’t setting up next door to an already well established competitor you also want to make sure you are easily accessible to some form of public transport. Are there parking restrictions and is there any on-site parking already available? As this may flag a town planning application.
- Future Growth: Where do you see your business in 5 years time? Is the size of the tenancy sufficient for the future?
- Interior Colour Scheme: You want your practice to be a warm, welcoming yet professional environment. Incorporate more of a neutral colour palette for your initial design and then add a few brightly coloured items (you may want to tie in with your corporate colours), in the form of a feature wall or signage. This way it is easier to update your practice interiors in the future without spending a fortune.
- Breakout Space: Another area that tends to get overlooked is the importance of a break out space for staff members. This doesn’t have to be a large space as such, just somewhere that can fit a table, chairs and room for staff to enjoy their lunch or a coffee on their break. Research shows that when you provide your staff with a good quality working environment you can improve staff performance by up to 40% – in other words it can be the little things that make a big difference to your staff and their productivity levels.