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Project Location

Client: The Donkey Sanctuary
Contract Value: £2million
Year completed: 2017
Expertise: Design and build, specialist facilities, veterinary facilities

Hannah Jones

Construction Manager
SWH Group

Hannah has more than 20 years' experience in civil engineering and building and has worked on large scale projects across the UK.

Meet Hannah

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary cares for Donkeys and Mules from all across the world.  This project, due to complete in December, involved the design and build of a brand new bespoke medical unit on the Brookfield Farm site in Honiton. The new facility will allow the charity to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of sick and injured donkeys arriving in its care.   

The brief for this project was to provide an administration office, linked to the new veterinary hospital.  This included a fully functioning operating theatre, 1000kg hoist, scrub rooms and drug preparation areas and internal stable areas.  The external areas were made up of landscaping and concrete hardstands.

The works included:

  • The construction of a steel framed administration barn, clad in pre-cast panels and rain screed clad in cedar.  The barn incorporates an office area, meeting rooms, a library, server room, staff room and toilets.  The roof was constructed with standing seam aluminium in accordance with planning guidance for the area.
  • The construction of a new medical unit.  The medical unit accommodates a fully functioning operating theatre, with a hoist designed specifically for donkeys, a scrub room, a nurse station, a drug preparation area, knock down and recovery padded rooms, and overnight stay and monitoring pens.  The medical unit was constructed with a steel frame, with pre-cast panels, and cladded with standing seam aluminium to the roof and walls.
  • The project also included a vet dentist, with the facility for x-ray and animal inspections which is housed in a separate building.
  • The construction of a clinical barn.  The clinical barn accommodates X-ray facilities, dentistry and imaging, with a stock and holding area.  The clinical barn was also constructed as a steel-frame building, pre-cast clad with standing seam aluminium roof and wall cladding.  This design also included feature flintstone walling to blend in with the surrounding areas.  All of the buildings have been built to clinical standards. 
  • External works including the construction of a carpark, bike shelter, specialist biomass boiler facility and large areas of external concrete slabs. The hospital also has a complex back up battery system which allows the power can stay on for up to two hours if there is a powercut.

The project presented many challenges as it was completely customised to the specialist veterinary care of donkeys.  Each of these challenges were met with close liaison with the client and the building end users to achieve the project goals.

Project Location

Client: The Donkey Sanctuary
Contract Value: £2million
Year completed: 2017
Expertise: Design and build, specialist facilities, veterinary facilities

Hannah Jones

Construction Manager
SWH Group

Hannah has more than 20 years' experience in civil engineering and building and has worked on large scale projects across the UK.

Meet Hannah