St Leonards, East Sussex
Proprietors: David Campbell BDS and Alastair Mackay BDS
A bold move for Battle Road
A huge leap of faith is how we can best describe David Campbell’s and Alastair Mackay’s decision to relocate and expand their successful and busy dental practice in St Leonards on Sea.
Mid-career, David and Alastair decided there were simply two choices for their practice; either soldier on in the face of huge changes in the dental marketplace (inevitably entailing a degree of downsizing in order to comply with HTM 01-05), or make fundamental changes, taking them to the next level and ensuring continued growth in all areas. With David and Alastair’s “bring it on” attitude, downsizing was not an option and their journey began…
84 Battle Road was discovered – a stone’s throw away from their existing three surgery Practice and with the X Factor of 5,200sq ft of floor space! Further to a feasibility survey of the premises, Chris Young of Armstrong Young immediately shared the vision for converting this extremely spacious Solicitor’s office into a quintessential dental environment.
A specialist “design team” was immediately put to work, quashing the many challenges this project faced. David and Alastair were then able to focus on dentistry – their area of excellence; whilst the myriad of planning, building regulations, and CDM management were actively handled! Extensive design time was dedicated to the re-modelling of the building over three levels, incorporating nine treatment rooms and the provision of decontamination facilities.
Once the Practice layout had been agreed, the treatment and decontamination room “details” could be thoughtfully determined. A homogenous approach to equipment selection was adopted, and the compliment of a colourful, yet crisp interior provided a much needed strong corporate identity and branding.
Upon completion of a comprehensive 16 week building schedule to include a 3 week refurbishment programme, the Battle Road team relocated in July 2010. The entire ground floor provided high quality NHS dental care with four surgical suites, HTM 01-05 compliant decontamination facilities, a dedicated oral hygiene area, together with “welcome” and “checkout” receptions.
Phasing the project allowed the team to quickly settle in the new building, test drive their new model, whilst most importantly keeping “a handle” on their budget!
Chris’ fabulous insight and attention to detail during the planning phase gave us the confidence to make the investments needed for the move. His design and advice always made sense, culminating in an outstanding practice environment. We still get a buzz going to work and the confidence of our entire team is sky high.
The bold move certainly paid off!
Five months later, with a nineteen page waiting list, five busy dentists, hygienist and additional support staff, Battle Road are a few ticks away from Best Practice! David and Alastair are now in discussions with Chris Young to incorporate phase II.
This phase on the first floor will provide dedicated private dentistry, with its own spacious and relaxing reception (with a few extra luxuries), four surgical suites and HTM 01-05 compliant decontamination zone. Additional services such as implants, cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening procedures will compliment the dental treatments provided.
We are looking forward to collaborating with the Battle Road team again and playing a key role in the realisation of their goals. We have been greatly inspired by their drive and determination, whilst retaining the essence of who they truly are a professional, caring, family centred Practice!