Work starts on new vet school at University of Central Lancashire

Posted on - 16th August, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Redevelopment, University campus
Visiting the construction site for the new vet school on Preston’s university campus Pic: UCLan

Work is underway on building a new state-of-the-art vet school in Preston.

The University of Central Lancashire is putting up the four-storey building on the city’s campus.

It will be close to the existing Greenbank building in Victoria Street.

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Nearly 50,000 square foot of space at the vet school will include a dedicated kennels, simulated consultation rooms and a physiotherapy suite as well as labs and teaching facilities.

UCLan vet school Pic: Wilson Mason LLP
UCLan vet school Pic: Wilson Mason LLP

Professor Graham Baldwin, UCLan Vice-Chancellor, said: “It is fantastic to see spades in the ground and building work start on creating our technologically advanced School of Veterinary Medicine.

“As Lancashire’s only Vet School, it will play a major role in developing the veterinary practitioners and leaders of the future and supporting economic growth in the north.

“Morgan Sindall has a very impressive track record of delivering inspirational and attractive learning environments at universities across the country so we are looking forward to working together.”

Professor Graham Baldwin from UCLan and Richard Potts from Morgan Sindall

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The vet school is being built by Morgan Sindall Construction North West.

Richard Potts, Area Director of Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with UCLan through the new Veterinary School project. Our team has been working collaboratively with UCLan through the preconstruction stage to develop Intelligent Solutions that will enhance the learning environment and enable the university to be more sustainable.

“We are thrilled to be contributing to economic growth and the advancement of veterinary practitioners within Lancashire, as well as helping to make the University and its community an increasingly attractive place to live, work and study.”

The university says the new vet school is due to open in the first quarter of 2025.

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