Goodman’s Field Health Centre is a new health and well-being center that delivers a range of primary care services to communities in Tower Hamlets, a borough in east London.

Medical services are delivered by a multidisciplinary team including general practitioners, clinical pharmacists, physiotherapists, and general practice nurses.

AECOM (London) was appointed to design the fit-out, delivering architectural, lead and principal design, and interior design services. The firm collaborated with NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (London) partners, the practice teams, and patient representatives. AECOM also provided MEP engineering, project management, cost management, and contract administration for the project.

The team’s vision was to create a flexible zonal design that can adapt to changing service needs, with a focus on preventive healthcare. Flexibility and adaptability were central to this approach. This enables the facility to perform multiple functions as a general practitioner, surgery, a well-being and health center, and a community center.

Technology features include integrated telemedicine areas that are digitally enabled and allow clinicians to consult with patients online, supporting rapid consultations from anywhere. When patients arrive to the facility, they are monitored via integrated triage assessment pods so clinicians can assess early health risk indicators such as height and weight.

The health center is located on the ground floor of a new residential building within a mixed-use residential and leisure urban quarter.

With limited natural light and access points, the project team proposed the reception and waiting areas to be sited in the middle of the building. This location around a central courtyard provides natural light and views out to a landscaped garden that adds to the therapeutic environment.

Project details

Facility name: Goodman’s Field Health Centre

Location: Tower Hamlets, London

Completion date: September 2021

Owner: NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group

Total building area: 16,620 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $4.7 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $$284/sq. ft.

Architecture firm: AECOM

Interior design: AECOM

Engineering: AECOM (MEP)

General contractor: Borras Construction

Builder: N/A