Specialist Veterinary Referral Hospital
Sheerin Bettle Architecture

The building is a new reception, consulting and surgical department for SCVS, an existing veterinary referral hospital located on the western fringe of the National Park. The site is located in the Western Escarpment Conservation Area and was formally a large pig farm. The building replaces a large dominating corrugated tin clad grain store and mill building. The construction of the grain store made it difficult to repurpose and its prominent position provided the client with the opportunity of designing a more sympathetic structure to sit simply into its surroundings and providing a transition from the adjacent residential properties to the adjacent business units. The form reflects a Hampshire threshing barn by replicating the central opposing gables with large barn door openings. The long perpendicular roof lines to the main roof and catslide eaves details are finished in slate which hides a modern thermally efficient Kingspan roofing system. The surgical element of the building is a typical agricultural portal structure clad with timber to soften the impact.