A state-of-the-art veterinary practice has scooped two design awards, 18 months after moving premises.
Robson and Prescott, which is Morpeth’s oldest veterinary practice, relocated from Low Stanners to a £3.5m purpose-built facility at Whorral Bank to make way for the town’s new Morrison’s store.
The animal hospital was funded by developer Dransfield Properties as part of the relocation package and was masterminded by practice manager Shelagh Prescott.
Amble firm Sullivan Associates helped to draw up the plans and the centre was built by north east construction business Tolent.
Now the premises has been named Best New Build by the British Veterinary Hospitals Association and also won the overall prize at its Practice Design Awards.
Mrs Prescott said: “Building and moving to a new practice was a major undertaking for us so winning a major award is the icing on the cake.
“These are very prestigious awards.
“We were very keen to be considered and we were thrilled when we discovered we had won, not one, but the top award as well. We knew it was a special building, but to get this kind of recognition for it is wonderful.”
The headquarters include four operating theatres, a dental suite, x-ray room, ultra-sound facilities, separate animal wards, hydrotherapy and physio rooms and six consulting rooms.
There is a separate equine and farm animal unit and parking for more than 60 cars and animal transporters.
Judges were impressed by the stone and slate structure, extensive facilities, use of space and the overall design.
Mrs Prescott collected the award at a ceremony in London, along with her retired vet husband John, who still has a consultancy role at the practice, and director and senior vet Jane Barwick-Nesbit.
Robson and Prescott also has a small satellite branch in Staithes Lane.