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Creffield Medical Centre



Conversion of Grade II listed building to form a new medical centre.


The project involved the restoration and refurbishment of a largely dilapidated grade II listed former military riding school to create a new medical centre and pharmacy serving approximately 12,000 patients.

The project included the creation of a reception area, six consulting rooms & a treatment room, two interview rooms & nursing rooms, clinical store & utility room, an office, staff and training rooms, as well as other associated facilities.

Externally extensive brickwork repair and cleaning was required, along with the replacement of existing windows with new matching timber windows & the provision of a new car parking area for 30 vehicles.

Internally the works included the creation of mezzanine floor, installation of a passenger lift, the restoration of cast iron roof trusses & the reforming of brick arches to match existing.


Originally constructed in 1862 the riding school formed part of the Le Cateau Barracks and the roof was designed to be high enough for a lance to be carried.

Throughout the design process the team worked closely with all key stakeholders, including the Local Planning Authority and Conservation Officer, to achieve the solution that not only provides the practice with the facility to allow the continued improvement and expansion of their services, but also retains the original character of this important historic building.

The works have not only retained, but also accentuated key historic features of the building such as its scale and appearance whilst creating a modern surgery built to the highest standards.


The scheme achieved a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating


In addition to efficiency and your sensible attitude to problems, we have been very impressed with how approachable and easy it is to work with your whole team.”

Senior Partner, Vivien St Joseph