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Construction starts on UCLan’s state-of- the-art vets school

Morgan Sindall Construction’s North Westteam has started building the University of Central Lancashire’s(UCLan) new Veterinary School.

The contractor has collaborated with its supply chain partners to embrace innovative Modern Methods of Construction, notably the use of delta beams within the new build structural frame. This solution will significantly reduce embodied carbon within the building and accelerate the project timeline to ensure the timely opening of the School. The four-storey building involves a partial refurbishment of a current building on UCLan’s Preston Campus. When complete, the nearly 50,000 sqft School will provide a state-of-the-art centre of learning for students studying a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the veterinary and animal sciences.

The new building, which is being built to universal accessibility standards to ensure that students with a range of learning needs are supported, will include several purpose-built training amenities, including high-specification anatomical skills laboratories, simulated operating theatres, diagnostic suites and pharmacies, microscopy labs, dental rooms and immersive teaching facilities. As part of the project, elements of the already existing Greenbank Building will be refurbished to include a dedicated area for kennels,the installation of new simulated consultation roomsand a physiotherapy suite. Incorporating the School’s strong ‘one health’ ethos and integration of sustainability goals, the new development aims to qualify for a BREEAM Excellent rating. The project aims to be completed in the first quarter of 2025.

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