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Veterinary practice is starting to take shape at long last

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

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A PROJECT to create one of the area’s biggest and most advanced veterinary surgeries has moved into an exciting new phase, as the building finally starts to take shape.

McMurtry and Harding, which currently operates from a small building on the corner of Market Place and King Street, is in the middle of a construction project off the A515, behind the Stepping Stones pub, to create a brand new, purpose built surgery.

The practice, which is run by directors Dan Harding, James Russell, Stephen Trethewey and Michael Colgan, has out-grown its current building and the fields which the new practice is being built on were formerly owned by Nestle.

The firm saw its planning permission granted in 2011 and the main structure of the 5,000 sq ft timber-framed building is taking shape and will soon be joined by paddocks, kennels, a cattery, and livestock handling facilities.

The high-tech building’s roof will be coated in solar panels and a clever heat exchange system will eliminate the need for solar heating. Providing warmth to the building will only deman around 11kw of electricity.

The new building will have a dog and cat ward, operating areas and enough treatment space to accommodate up to nine vets as well as the firm’s staff of around 20 people.

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