Plans submitted for new UCLan Veterinary School
The planning application has been submitted to Preston City Council
A planning application has been submitted for a new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.
Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has submitted the planning application to Preston City Council on behalf of UCLan and the Council will now consider the proposals.
If approved, the new 45,000 square feet four-storey building will be located at UCLan’s Preston Campus, on Victoria Street, and will be the first-of-its-kind in Lancashire. It will be the 11th dedicated veterinary school in the UK.
The School of Veterinary Medicine is due to be completed by September 2024 and will comprise anatomical skills laboratories and simulated clinical facilities, including a pharmacy, diagnostic suite, operating theatres, teaching rooms and office space.
It will provide a hub for undergraduate and postgraduate course students and staff in veterinary medicine, bioveterinary science, veterinary clinical practice, veterinary physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and clinical animal behaviour and training.
"The planning application takes us closer to achieving our ambition to create a technologically advanced veterinary school"— Dr Heather Bacon OBE, Head of UCLan’s School of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah Myers, Senior Planner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Planning, Development & Strategic Advisory team who led the planning application, said: “We are delighted to work alongside UCLan in a bid to secure planning permission to create Lancashire’s first veterinary school. The School will be integral to UCLan’s growth ambitions and demonstrates the University’s pledge to invest in the country’s future veterinary practitioners.”
Dr Heather Bacon OBE, Head of UCLan’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said: "The planning application takes us closer to achieving our ambition to create a technologically advanced veterinary school. The new school will play a major role in developing the veterinary practitioners and leaders of the future and supporting economic growth in the north.
“We’re incredibly excited to open the first Vet School in Lancashire, which will offer students state-of-the-art training facilities, and the highest of education and professional standards.”
Part of the proposed development work also includes the renovation of Greenbank Building, on Victoria Street, which will contain consultation rooms, a rehabilitation suite, kennels and additional veterinary teaching facilities.
Once completed, the new development will achieve sufficient credits for the building to qualify for a BREEAM Excellent rating. If planning permission is granted, construction work is expected to start in March 2023.
*Picture credit to Wilson Mason LLP