Hope Veterinary Surgery
Hope Vets is a fantastic veterinary surgery in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent with a rapidly expanding client list providing a fantastic service by its wonderful staff. The practice had expanded so rapidly that they had decided to move to larger purpose built premises and they’d purchased a site with this in mind. We met with the owner Deborah Wragg in winter 2016 after she had secured planning on a traditionally built scheme. Deborah wanted to discuss one or two concerns she had about the existing design and the overall affordability and deliverability of the proposed surgery.
Within a fortnight of our initial meeting Sandycroft, working with some of our design partners, put together and alternative scheme based on the original design that achieved a faster build programme for a lower overall cost. The final design was for a portal framed structure with brick/composite clad external walls and a composite clad roof. The scheme was costed on limited information given the time allowed however we agreed to use the Sandycroft Open Book method which gave Deborah a control of the overall costs for the project whilst we managed costs and delivered the scheme for a fixed margin to cover profit and overheads. The open book method of procurement saved Deborah time and money and allowed her to spend money in key areas of the project as and when certain elements, such as the structural steelwork, were under budget. Sandycroft worked closely with Hope Vet’s funders and delivered the project on time, on budget to the standards required by a modern veterinary practice.
Design and Construction Challenges
- Learning curve working for a vets for the first time which has it’s own quirks compared to other healthcare schemes
- The project was completed on budget, on time and to the rigorous standards required.
- The Sandycroft Open Book Method proved to great way for this client to achieve her goals in an affordable, auditable way in the shortest possible timescales.