Four storey block for University of Central Lancashire targets BREEAM “excellent” rating

Wilson Mason Architecture and Design has submitted proposals for Lancashire’s first vet school to Preston City Council.

Its plans for the University of Central Lancashire will deliver a 4,180sq m facility that will be the second dedicated veterinary school in the north of England – and only the 11th in the UK as a whole.

The building, which is targeting a BREEAM “excellent” rating, will house world-class clinical simulation and teaching spaces including a diagnostic suite, simulated operating theatres, and cutting-edge technology.

Wilson Mason, which specialises in designing science and education facilities, has offices in London and Samlesbury near Preston.

It said the UCLan School of Veterinary Medicine would be a base for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in veterinary medicine, bioveterinary science, veterinary clinical practice, veterinary physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and clinical animal behaviour and training.

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View of Wilson Mason’s proposed UCLan School of Veterinary Medicine from the north east

Partner Alan Williams said the university’s vision for the new facility was “both ambitious and pioneering”.

“We are thoroughly enjoying the challenge of bringing this dynamic and innovative design to life,” he said.

Heather Bacon of UCLan said submission of the planning application for the new facility was a step towards achieving the university’s ambition of creating a technologically advanced veterinary school.

“The new school will play a major role in developing the veterinary practitioners and leaders of the future and supporting economic growth in the north,” she said.

Part of the proposed development work also includes the renovation of UCLan’s Greenbank Building, on Victoria Street in Preson, which will contain consultation rooms, a rehabilitation suite, kennels and additional veterinary teaching facilities.

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View of the entrance to UCLan’s Greenbank Building, with the proposed School of Veterinary Medicine behind