Sheppard Robson gets the green light for new animal hospital in Edinburgh

24th August 2015

Sheppard Robson has received planning permission from Midlothian Council for a new 1,100m² animal welfare facility on the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush veterinary campus.

The design for the new Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit has a distinctive form, with the strong angular roofline creating a modern interpretation of a traditional barn.

The new building, through its striking external form and central location within the south section of the new campus masterplan, acts as a link between the agricultural Large Animal Campus and the more civic research facilities on the site.

The external palette of finishes is based on the use of traditional agricultural materials and includes profiled sheet metal cladding and timber panels.

The split form of the roof reflects the separate internal organisation of the building: the smaller part houses a diagnostic unit whilst the larger element is the main surgical suite component. The two functions are connected by the central circulation zone that is a double-height space, which provides a main arrival area as well as a physical connection between the new facility and the other areas of the Equine Hospital.

James Dick, Partner at Sheppard Robson, said:

“The architectural response to the client’s brief is to make reference to agricultural outbuildings in terms of form and materiality.

“The project is an important marker for the campus masterplan and an integral part of the University’s 2025 vision to create a state of the art animal welfare and research hub.’’