The project involved the construction of a two storey steel framed specialist veterinary hospital complete with state-of-the-art animal healthcare facilities. The role involved receiving the clients’ initial brief and developing a bespoke design solution. Prior to the construction phase Meldrum were responsible for land acquisition, feasibility studies, planning and legal issues.
The design incorporated four operating theatres as well as an X-ray room and dental facilities, a CT scanner and hydrotherapy pool, hotel style reception complete with lounge and coffee areas. The project was constructed in forticrete masonry, meta roofing, brickwork, glazed doors and brise soleil. The external landscaping design was constructed by a local college.
The construction of this Veterinary Hospital was a great success. Our relationship with Croft Vets extended to work on their smaller units around the North East. The entire project was delivered on time and to budget.
”Careful consultation over the M&E design has produced a scheme which works effectively and unobtrusively despite an extremely complex remit with a multitude of different performance specifications from standard office space, through consulting rooms and up to positive pressure ventilated operating theatres. The installation of air-source heat capture systems and a comprehensive building management system has minimised the building’s carbon footprint while at the same time ensured long term energy cost savings. Similarly, the use of low energy lighting and design to maximise borrowed light features widely; it is essential that clinical facilities perform and function properly and this can impose significant restrictions on other facets of design but careful collaboration at the design stage has produced a building that is not only easy to use but also energy efficient.”
”The aesthetic of the building and especially the front elevation makes a very strong first impression; clients are always impressed and at the same time the clean, clinical functional lines make it plain what the building is about. The reception/waiting area is the main public space in the building and something which works incredibly well; the ambience is of a top flight hotel while at the same time the space is efficient, effective, easy to clean and functional as a busy veterinary hospital reception.”
”The hospital is a great place to work; comfortable, spacious, good looking and most of all, effective as a building. The design and finish makes it easy to work efficiently and effectively providing benefits to both staff and patients. The aesthetic of the building is imposing, impressive and at the same time clean and clinical; staff are proud of ‘their’ hospital.”