The new veterinary school is only the eighth of its type in England and provides students with access to state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities and one of the best veterinary pathology centres in Europe. As the mechanical and electrical engineering design consultants for this £45M project we were actively involved at every stage from inception through to completion.
In order to deliver the academic programme, three separate buildings house a clinical skills centre, a post-mortem facility and the main academic building. To manage construction of these, our team developed a project plan which considered the strategy for the delivery of the whole school in addition to identifying team roles and responsibilities, authority levels, reporting and communication structures. This plan was then adopted as a living document that provided a point of reference for all to work within.
Our BIM processes were designed to support this level of cooperation with collaborative models assembled to a level of detail suitable for the production of information at the relevant RIBA work stages. In house clash detection was undertaken as a continuing process throughout the design of the project to minimise any potential problems at construction stage.
Since completion, the new School of Veterinary Medicine has received a royal seal of approval when it was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in October 2015.