Fluid Structures were appointed as structural engineers with Devereux Architects for the new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey.
As one of the University’s largest and most prestigious development sites, the new school, which sits within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, comprises of three complimentary and interrelated buildings totalling approximately 11,150m2 — an Academic Building, the Veterinary Clinical Skills Centre and the Veterinary Pathology Facility.
The schemes have been designed to meet a structural life of 100 years and also to high standards of energy efficiency. In addition to meeting BREEAM requirements the project features extensive use of passive solar shading, with natural ventilation where possible and a solar farm on roof spaces. A very demanding budget and programme was set by the University, which Fluid and the design team worked hard to meet. Many spaces are intensively serviced with the associated design issues of bio-security to meet both academic and commercial requirements.