Animal Hospital, University of Glasgow
Visitors enter into an open waiting area that stretches to the other end of the building. What had previously looked like a glass pavilion in the "hillside" turns out to be a cupola ringed with clerestory windows that transmit daylight into this double-height public space. Beneath the cupola stands a curvilinear administrative pod that forms a reception desk at one end and accounts receivable at the other.
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The primary clinical exam rooms line the west side of this space. They benefit from daylighting thanks to a large cutout in the grass-covered roof, which is continuous with the adjacent lawn on either side.
Daylight also reaches the treatment area at the center of the building through a large skylight and "light funnel."
The southeastern portion of the ground floor houses rooms designated for specialized services, such as imaging, intensive care, and oncology treatment, with a row of operating rooms with full-height windows along the west wall. Pet daycare and overnight boarding facilities are located to the northeast, adjacent to the dog runs.
A staircase to the left of the reception desk leads to a cafe atop the administrative pod and an adjacent upper-level lounge area.
The rest of the partial upper level contains offices, as well as changing rooms for staff, meeting rooms, and mechanical and electrical equipment rooms. The architects coordinated with mechanical and electrical engineers Hulley & Kirkwood to minimize the external visual impact of building services.
In addition to daylighting and natural ventilation in many areas, the Small Animal Hospital incorporates other sustainable features, such as reclaimed stone in the gabions. And that striking planted roof helps reduce stormwater runoff.
Under Scotland's Directorate for the Built Environment, following the European Union's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), buildings receive an "asset rating" based on their predicted energy efficiency. On a scale from A (highest) to G (lowest), the Small Animal Hospital received an asset rating of D, exceeding the predicted E rating, which is the benchmark for a building of this type.
Archial Architects is a subsidiary of the London-based Archial Group Plc, formerly known as the SMC Group, which acquired Davis Duncan Architects in 2006. The Glasgow office of Archial combines the former practices of Davis Duncan, Parr Architects, and Jenkins and Marr Architects.
The University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital was chosen from a short list of 11 Scottish buildings for the 2009 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award. An exhibit about all 11 projects is touring Scotland, with two stops in Edinburgh from February 18 to March 31, 2010.
The award was established in 2002, and now serves as a memorial to its founder and patron, architect and developer Andrew Doolan. The £25,000 award continues to be supported by Doolan's family and is also supported by the Scottish government. Recent prizewinners include the Scottish Parliament by EMBT/ RMJM (2005); Maggie's Highlands Cancer Caring Centre, Inverness, by Page\ Park (2006); and, for 2008, both Castlemilk Stables Restoration, Glasgow, by Elder and Cannon Architects and the Potterrow Development, University of Edinburgh, by Bennetts Associates.
The jury for the 2009 RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award was chaired by Professor Andrew MacMillan and also included David Dunbar, PRIAS; Ian Gilzean, ARIAS; Professor Kathryn Findlay, ARIAS; and Ian Ritchie, CBE, RIBA.
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