Receptek’s ‘Nursebase’ product was the chosen solution for 242 nurse stations and reception counters in what could be the largest healthcare project the UK will ever see – at Bart’s and the London.
At the start of the procurement process the field was wide open with a large number of manufacturers invited to tender. “The brief from the Trust was very specific,” explains Receptek’s Design Consultant, Chris Glass. “It was clear from the start that they weren’t going to accept ‘any old’ design!”
Three companies were eventually shortlisted to produce a full scale prototype desk, each of which was to be installed side by side and put through its paces by a multi-disciplinary team from the Trust giving consideration to all aspects of the design.
“The team included the occupational therapists, the maintenance team, the infection control team, the… in fact every man and his dog!” Chris laughs. “Grilled? It was an ordeal by fire!” However Receptek’s ‘Nursebase’ passed every single one of the gruelling tests with flying colours, “leaps and bounds ahead of our closest competition”.
It’s yet another example of how extensive R&D can help a company get a product exactly right, satisfying the trickiest of customers!
Shirley Embling from the Barts and The London NHS Trust said:
“Having seen some of the desks now installed we have been congratulating ourselves on having made the best choice”.
Arnold Klintworth, Senior Project Manager at Skanska said:
“I have had the pleasure of dealing with Receptek during the development of staff bases and receptions on the Barts and The London Hospitals project for a number of years. After a comprehensive and iterative process involving the Trust, Architects and us as the Building Contractor, Receptek came up with the winning design which impressed all the parties involved. By combining features such as elegant aesthetics with the practical benefits of replaceable panels, the product developed has satisfied all of the needs as specified at the outset.”
Alison P. Wagner, Project Manager/Designer at HOK, said:
“Reception desks within hospital environments endure a tremendous amount of wear and tear. Our furniture design sought to create a sleek, contemporary and timeless desk that the Trust can reconfigure and replace any elements when spoilt. The design result is practical and impressive. Receptek implemented all of our ideas and also added additional input to the design that made the finished product better than we imagined.”