Abstract Integrated Healthcare Limited was launched in 2001 by the Abstract Group to develop, own and, where appropriate, manage Primary Care facilities.
Besides developing new medical centres, Abstract, through its venture capital arm, was involved in the care home sector as an investor and is currently involved in Pharmacy2U, one of the first online pharmacies.
Our buildings are the product of close teamwork between us, our professional team and the end user and represent a wide cross-section of sizes and facilities, from the smallest, simplest medical centre to some of the most innovative and exciting developments in primary care today. We aim to produce good-looking, well-planned and energy-efficient solutions to suit your business or working practice. We want our buildings to be great places in which to work and to be somewhere you, your staff and your patients can feel comfortable.
The Abstract Group was established in 2000 by Mark Glatman, one of the country's most respected developers, having been responsible for the development of over 6 million sq ft of business space in both the UK and Europe. Abstract has extensive experience of projects involving the public sector in both Scotland and England. It is also involved in commercial development in London and elsewhere in the UK. In 2004, for example, it completed the development of a new 35,000 sq ft International Headquarters facility for the Salvation Army (pictured above). This building subsequently won the London City Architecture Award in 2006.
The Abstract Group was set up specifically to undertake specialist development projects and has a significant focus in the healthcare sector. Besides developing new medical centres, Abstract, through its venture capital arm, was involved in the care home sector as an investor and is currently involved in Pharmacy2U, one of the first online pharmacies.
We aim to provide the very best environment for patients, staff and visitors.
Good quality buildings, landscape, views, natural light and sensitive colours aid the healing process and make our working environments pleasant and therapeutic. Abstract are committed to work with you to create a building which celebrates that ethos and helps make a positive impact on patient health.
"People say the effect is on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, colour, by light, we do know this, that they have a physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients is the actual means of recovery." Florence Nightingale 'Notes on Hospitals', 1863
Nearly one hundred and fifty years later those sentiments are still true. The quality of the building, views of the outside, natural light and pleasing colours are essential to the well-being of patients and their recovery. Studies have shown faster patient recovery, greater patient satisfaction, reduced stress levels amongst staff and helping recruit and retain quality staff.
"We perceive our environment through our five senses: sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing. The information we pick up from our senses is relayed to the brain which, in turn, will affect our physiological, emotional, psychological and, ultimately, physical condition. Understanding the senses is the key to good design, it allows designers to design with greater skill and enables them to create truly responsive healing environments." NHS Estates
At Abstract, we and our architects believe strongly in creating the very best in healing environment in our buildings. We work closely with the stakeholders to create buildings which are spacious, welcoming, light and bright. Wherever possible they are naturally lit and ventilated, have good external landscape and bright and cheerful colours within. We engage with artists to work with the staff and patients to personalize the building and create a calm and safe atmosphere.
Illustrated above is a piece of work by Bridget Jones for the Regional Spinal Injuries Unit at James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough. Our architects, P+HS, have worked with Bridget on a number of schemes and her work will feature in our current and future buildings.
Most GPs only get one chance to build a new surgery. It is a great opportunity to choose how you want to work and create a building that is both a good place in which to work, as well as a sound investment.
Abstract will develop a new Medical Centre for your practice, designed to your requirements. We take all the development risk on your behalf - finding the site, having our professionals design the building and then having it built to our stringent requirements. We negotiate the rent on your behalf and you lease the completed building from us for an agreed term.
We want you to be happy working in your new building, so it is very much in our interests to ensure that its design and construction meet all your requirements, as well as those of the NHS, the PCT and the District Valuer. We aim for our buildings to be energy efficient and requiring minimum maintenance, thereby ensuring minimal running costs.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of sustainability for our schemes we provide flexible buildings which allow for future expansion, remodelling or alternative use ensuring that the investment in the property is worthwhile throughout the building's life and the building itself is adaptive to changing care and work practices.
We are continually focused on minimising the carbon impact of our infrastructure on the environment. We use the NHS BREEAM Healthcare toolkit to measure our buildings and, as a minimum, achieve an "Excellent" rating.
We are committed to delivering buildings which exceed current accessibility requirements. Where necessary we work with access consultants to advise on best practice and we use innovative and imaginative way-finding in our buildings to ensure access to all facilities. In addition to the core care facilities, we also provide a range of facilities in our buildings such as baby feeding rooms, family toilets which accommodate pushchairs and toddlers, as well as accessible toilets for both staff and visitors.
The architects we work with are P+HS Architects - for further information on the company and to see examples of their work, please have a look at their website: www.pandhs.co.uk.
The image above is a facility that has been designed by P+HS and is called 'One Life', an Integrated Primary Care Centre in Middlesbrough, comprising GP surgery, cafe, pharmacy, laser eye care centre, diagnostics, operating theatres and endoscopy centre.