Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield has won the 2019 British Veterinary Hospital Association (BVHA) Design Awards for its £5 million centre designed by architect John Marsh from DesM.Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield has won the 2019 British Veterinary Hospital Association (BVHA) Design Awards for its £5 million centre designed by architect John Marsh from DesM.

The centre was launched in February last year after an 8-month briefing and design period, followed by a 9-month construction and fit-out process.

Paragon and DesM also picked up the top prize in the Conversion category, awarded to practices which have made use of buildings previously used for other purposes.

John Marsh said: "Our aim was to build on our experience with two previous small animal hospitals for the RVC and Lower Langford Veterinary School, in designing a 'practitioners' answer' to veterinary care, but adapted to a more commercial facility, mindful of a practical but bright working environment for both the clinicians and owners, where it is a pleasure to work and a catalyst for enabling the best possible animal care."

Paragon managing director Ian Monteith said: "Every year, the BVHA seeks out and rewards the very best veterinary hospitals across the UK and we are delighted the high standards we set here at Paragon have been recognised.

"This is a terrific compliment to the very careful planning that went into designing the building and equipping it with the very latest equipment and technology."

In their report, the BVHA assessor said: "The premises are spectacular in design and appearance, creating an immediate impression of clinical excellence and quality patient care to both clients and visiting clinicians.

"The quality of the clinical work being undertaken was easy to see. There was a very positive attitude to training and induction routines, as well as mental health and team welfare."


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