A £3.7m medical centre for racehorses designed by Sheppard Robson for the University of Edinburgh has won planning permission from Midlothian Council.
The 1,100m2 equine diagnostic, surgical and critical care unit will be built at the university’s Easter Bush veterinary campus on the outskirts of the capital, which houses Europe’s largest concentration of animal medical facilities.
The practice said the centre’s strong angular roof was designed as a modern interpretation of a traditional barn and featured profiled sheet metal cladding and timber panels.
James Dick, partner at Sheppard Robson, said the structure’s split-form roof reflected the separate internal organisation of the building, in which the smaller part houses a diagnostic unit and the larger element the main surgical suite.
‘The architectural response to the client’s brief is to make reference to agricultural outbuildings in terms of form and materiality,’ he said.
‘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.’
The centre will treat horses belonging to the general public as well as racehorses.