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Diary of Building a Veterinary Hospital

Hello everyone and thank you for reading the first instalment of ‘Diary of building a veterinary hospital’. Every month, we will share highlights of our building and construction adventures. Our project is a sizeable one that will span several months. We are sure that there will be lots of highs (and hopefully minimal lows) throughout the journey. We want to be able to share it all with you.

So, let’s get you up to speed with where we are right now. Whilst we are already hurtling our way through June, we actually took ownership of our new home back in March 2018. Its previous inhabitants had left it looking spick and span for us, albeit a little empty. But that was not to last for long as our demolition and preparation team moved in with hard hats at the ready to take down no longer needed walls, ceilings and doorways. We really could not have a better team working with us, and it was all overseen by the very handsome Merlin.

Always as least one or two hard hats ready for visitors

Merlin became increasingly excited as more walls came down. After all, it just created a bigger running space for him and his tennis balls that can still be found in almost every corner. It felt very apt for us that Merlin was one of the first living souls to be on-site at The Ralph – it fits with our vision and our ethos perfectly. Visits to our new home would not have been nearly as enjoyable without the energetic tail-wagging that greeted us every time we popped by.

The very handsome and energetic Merlin overseeing proceedings

Under Merlin’s exceptionally watchful eye, things moved along quickly over the space of a couple of months. Our before and after Reception photos are representative of the work already completed. Hopefully you can also see the true scale of our soon to be home. So, with that, the preparation team (and sadly Merlin for now, although he will be back!) moved out and the building team moved in.

What was a Reception area, and what is now a Reception area. More construction will follow…promise!

Much of the current building activity is focused on ensuring that all of the necessary detailed plans are in place before ramping up construction. On the subject of planning, we have also been working on the interior design of the hospital. It remains work in progress so we can’t share it with you just yet. For now, think calming, safe, comfortable and nurturing and you’ll be on the right lines!

So, things are coming along nicely and to plan. The hospital is starting to take its new shape and lots of hard work is happening behind the scenes to get us ready for the grand opening towards the end of the year. We will be back in a few weeks’ time with a new update on our progress but if you can’t wait that long, keep an eye on our social media feeds where we will be posting lots more photographs:

Thanks for stopping by. Please drop us a line if you have any questions, and please make sure you sign up for all of our regular updates.

See you again soon and take care,

The Ralph Team

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