HEALTH AND WELFARE
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CENTRE FOR SMALL ANIMAL STUDIES
ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST
The new small animal hospital and its equipment place it among the finest dog and cat health centres in the world.
The hospital comprises the following accommodation at ground floor level:
• Six consulting rooms, two of which have laboratories attached for skin and eye specialists.
• A special counselling room where owners and vets can talk privately.
• Three operating theatres, one dedicated to operations requiring high sterility for brain and spinal surgery, one specifically equipped for eye surgery and one for general sterile procedures.
• A kennel block with its own kitchen and bathing room built to a high standard of finish and detailing to achieve an easy clean environment.
• Intensive care unit, special cytotoxic and radio-iodine wards where chemotherapy and radiotherapy can be administered to cancer patients.
• A unique isolation unit with a hepa-filtered air supply for treating severely allergic animals.
• An attractive reception area allows owners to wait in comfort with their pets.
• At first floor level there is a seminar room, bedsit accommodation for staff providing patients with 24 hour care, laboratories, a staff room and filing room for case notes.
CENTRE FOR SMALL ANIMAL STUDIES ALTERATIONS
ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST
Following a generous donation by the EBM Charitable Trust the Animal Health Trust has been able to extend its existing Centre for Small Animal Studies and to refurbish and enhance its existing kennel accommodation. The works were undertaken in two phases to minimise noise and disruption to the hospital.
The first phase entailed construction of a new two-storey extension to the rear of the Centre to provide 70m² of additional space exclusively for canine use. The new wing includes additional kennel accommodation, a bedsit/restroom for staff working around the clock and additional office space all at ground floor level with a plantroom void above, including alterations and additions to the external kennel runs and a new service road.
Phase 2 comprised internal alterations to the existing kennels to improve working and circulation space.
Disruption was kept to a minimum by erecting dust-proof screens to isolate work areas and by relocating patients to the new wing.
The contract was completed in 15 weeks in September 2002 at a cost of approximately £170,000.
ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST
CENTRE FOR EQUINE STUDIES
The Centre for Equine Studies was opened by the Trust’s President HRH The Princess Royal in November 1997. This state-of-the-art facility is now established as one of the most sophisticated equine hospitals in Europe which has enabled the Trust to offer a world class specialist referral service to veterinary practitioners in the UK and Europe.
The new Centre houses a purpose built nuclear scintigraphy unit, one of the most powerful x-ray machines available, videoendoscopes, a high speed treadmill, colour flow Doppler echocardiography, ultrasound and other imaging machines. There is a fully-equipped operating theatre with recovery boxes, x-ray room, diagnostic boxes, laboratories, consulting rooms and a seminar room.
Nuclear scintigraphy is an advanced imaging technique using floor and ceiling-mounted cameras to gain access to all regions of the horse. A pit with removable covers allows the floor-mounted camera to be sufficiently lowered to x-ray the horse’s limbs.
The complex is supported by a forge, hay barn, offices, bedsit, pharmacy, feed stores, tack room, weighing area, 36 no. stable boxes and horsewalker. A diagnostic work-up area comprising hard and soft lunge and trot-up facilities allows a full clinical evaluation to be undertaken.
ROSSDALE & PARTNERS
EQUINE DIAGNOSTICS CENTRE
Fleming Russell Stent was commissioned to provide full quantity surveying services for a new Equine Diagnostic Centre in Exning, Suffolk for Rossdale and Partners, the largest equine veterinary practice in Europe.
The new two-storey state-of-the-art air-conditioned building, having a gross internal floor area of 1100 m² (including 100 m² of plant and storage within the roof void) was completed in 44 weeks and handed over in August 2008 at a total construction cost of £1,650,000. The building was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 30th October 2008.
The accommodation comprises ground floor examination rooms, diagnostic MRI and CT rooms, standing surgery and associated areas and first floor offices, seminar room and two bed-sits for overnight accommodation with plant and storage areas within the roof voids.
The project also included a separate enabling works contract comprising the diversion of services and the construction of a 1400 m² “Grasscrete” car park in an 8 week construction period at a cost of £152,000.
INSTITUTE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH
MOLECULAR BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY
NR NEWBURY, BERKS
A two-storey building having approximately 1250 m2 of accommodation on each floor was designed for approximately 100 staff and meets all the requirements for the safe handling of ACDP Category 2 pathogens.
The laboratories are positioned on the perimeter of the building to maximise natural lighting. The basic module for laboratories provides space for up to six scientists with write-up offices and specialist equipment attached. Laboratories of twice this modular size offer facilities for larger research teams. Instrument rooms, centrifuge rooms and hot and cold rooms are provided off a central corridor. The laboratories are designed to allow the accommodation to be easily re-arranged to suit the changing needs of future scientific development.
EQUINE RECOVERY AND REHABILITATION CENTRE
INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HORSES (ILPH)
SNETTERTON, NR NORWICH, NORFOLK
Fleming Russell Stent was commissioned as project managers, quantity surveyors and planning supervisors for a £2 million equine recovery and rehabilitation centre. The development comprised:
• a 66 x 30 m indoor riding school and equipment store
• a visitors’ centre which includes a café, servery and lecture theatre attached to and overlooking the riding school
• an American barn providing stabling for up to 29 horses, including tack room, drying room, feed store, vet’s room and recovery box
• a crewyard for keeping horses in groups
• a hay and straw barn
• extensive external works which include an entrance kiosk, outdoor menage, turn-out paddocks, courtyard, carparking, a new dedicated access road and soft landscaping.
The visitors centre, crewyard and American barn are arranged around a central courtyard to allow visitors to view horses without interfering or disrupting the operational side of the ILPH. Equally, horses exercising in the indoor school may be viewed from the full-length observation window within the attached visitors centre.
INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HORSES (ILPH)
Penny Farm, formerly a dairy farm, is the sixth recovery and rehabilitation centre in the UK for the International League for the Protection of Horses, a registered charity founded in 1928 to protect horses from abuse and alleviate their suffering by rehabilitating, campaigning and educating worldwide.
The existing agricultural buildings were partly demolished or retained for refurbishment and conversion to an alternative use.
The centre comprises stable accommodation for up to 28 horses and ancillary rooms, feed, tack and drying room, farrier, vet room and offices, a 40 x 20m indoor riding school, three crewyards for keeping horses in groups, isolation unit, horsewalker, hay and straw barn, workshop, grooms’ accommodation and visitors’ centre.
The grooms’ accommodation and visitors’ centre have been built using reclaimed bricks. All horse related buildings are of portal frame construction with metal roof cladding with internal finishes compatible with an equine environment. The development is arranged around a central courtyard suitable for public viewing of the horses. The centre has been specifically designed to ensure physical separation between the public and the operational side of the ILPH and between horses and vehicles.
The contract was completed in February 2001, following a 28 week construction period, at a total cost of approximately £1.2.
As equestrian specialists, Fleming Russell Stent was appointed as independent project monitoring consultants to advise the ILPH on:
• key design issues influencing both capital and running costs
• choice of materials compatible with the health and welfare of the horse
• cost savings with a view to maximising value for money
• tendering arrangements and contract procedures
• trouble-shooting and problem solving
THE CHUCH OF ENGLAND PENSIONS BOARD
MANORMEAD NURSING HOME
Manormead Nursing Home was originally converted from a large country house and, in the 1970’s, extended to include self-contained flats for those able to care for themselves and an attached nursing block for those needing a greater level of care.
The nursing part of the facilities were upgraded to modern standards and to provide more privacy for the occupants and additional accommodation for retired clergy. As a result of a generous bequest from an elderly widow who lived alone in an adjoining bungalow but who used to visit the house, the Church of England Pensions Board were able to realise the scheme.
An additional new build block of 16 self-contained single and double bed-sit units was constructed and the existing home was comprehensively altered and refurbished. The work was carried out in five phases with the home in full operation throughout the project. The contract was completed in 72 weeks at a construction cost of approximately £1.3m.
WELLS PARK PRACTICE
The Wells Park Surgery, situated in a conservation area, was built to replace a series of temporary buildings unsuitable for the needs of the practice.
The four G.P building is of a traditional construction, utilising the natural ground slope and provides split level accommodation: the main part of the building surrounding a courtyard at ground floor level with further accommodation at a lower level at the rear and first floor areas at the front for office and welfare facilities.
The property has recently been further extended at the rear of the car park to provide additional facilities to cater for increased patient numbers.