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The Small Animal Teaching Hospital by Sheppard Robson

University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Chester High Road, Neston, Cheshire

The Small Animal Teaching Hospital provides a modern veterinary teaching and referral hospital on a green belt site, adjacent to the faculty’s equine and farm-animal hospitals. The design is defined by a 100 metre long curved sandstone-clad wall, sourced from a local quarry to match Leahurst House, the original building on the site. Earth mounds, covered in wild flowers, act as a visual and acoustic buffer between the hospital and its sensitive setting.

A fully glazed waiting area at the centre of the wall is reminiscent of a kitchen garden greenhouse. Two internal streets physically separate the reception and patient areas at the front from the wards, theatre and imaging wings to the rear.

Client: University of Liverpool
Contractor: Kier North West
Structural Engineer:
Services Engineer:
Contract Value: £6.5m
Date of completion: April 2007 (occupied)
Gross internal area: 2,800

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