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Competition: Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire

Hawkshead Campus
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The Royal Veterinary College is seeking an architect to regenerate its campus in North Mymms, Hertfordshire

The winner of the £2 million contract will draw up plans to redevelop the core of the college’s Hawkshead Campus (pictured) on the outskirts of London near Potters Bar.

The project, which will cater for growing student numbers, comes six years after Hawkins\Brown completed an £18 million student accommodation complex alongside a refectory and conference facilities on the site.

According to the contract notice: ‘The Royal Veterinary College has experienced a recent increase in teaching, clinical and research activities. This is now putting increasing pressure on the college’s buildings particularly at the Hawkshead Campus.

‘The college has therefore decided to embark upon a programme of redevelopment of the core of the Hawkshead Campus. Due to the anticipated scale of the scheme the college is now embarking on an OJEU restricted process to procure a team of design professionals to accompany them on this journey.’

The Royal Veterinary College, founded in 1791, is the oldest and largest school of its kind in the country. Headquartered in Camden, north London, the college expanded to occupy the site of a former field station in Hertfordshire in 1959.

Today the Hawkshead Campus, 27km north of central London, features a museum, learning resource centre, a LIVE Centre, Bolton’s Park Farm, a student bar, the Queen Mother Hospital for Small Animals, and the Sefton Equine Referral Hospital.

The college, which became part of the University of London in 1949, hosts around 2,290 across its two campuses. Courses cover veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, bioveterinary sciences, biological sciences and veterinary pathology.

Alongside architectural services, a structural and civil engineering, building services engineer and cost manager are also sought for the project in separate lots. The project is planned to complete in 2020.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 2 May.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Ian Humphreys
Royal Veterinary College
RVC Hawkshead Lane
North Mymms

Tel: +44 707666976
Email: ihumphreys@rvc.ac.uk


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