Construction of an Equine Diagnostics, Surgical & Critical Care Unit along with upgrades to the existing Equine Hospital.
The new facility consists of four integral parts, namely a specialised diagnostics and triage area for evaluating emergency cases, two state of the art operating theatres plus a new standing surgery suite, a dedicated critical care unit comprising of six suites, and support space, to deliver on-site teaching and education for students as well as supporting clients.
Works included the construction of a two-storey steel frame building with a mix of rain screen cladding, brickwork and glazing. We were also responsible for the refurbishment of the ICU rooms within the existing equine hospital.
The new building contains a range of new build and refurbished spaces including first class clinical and teaching facilities, a diagnostics and emergency triage area, support hub and two state of the art operating theatres.
The building also includes a critical care unit, a dedicated unit of six boxes for adult horses and neonatal foals which require intensive and/or peri-operative care, with an on-site laboratory.
We were aware of how sensitive horses are to disturbance and this was minimised by adopting low noise, low vibration techniques such as the use of silenced equipment. The equine hospital was in full operation throughout the year, and we had to ensure that the services to it were maintained. This involved careful planning and coordination with the university when diverting water and gas mains and electricity and data cables on the east side of the hospital.