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RVC development set to begin
Work is due to begin next week on the next phase in the development of the Royal Veterinary College in Hawkshead Lane.
(The following information is taken from a message to this site's 'Have Your Say' section posted by the RVC's John Fisher, who has responsibility for a wide range of estates, planning and environmental matters.)
The RVC has appointed Wates plc to start work on a scheme which is expected to be completed early next year.
By then the College will have (amongst other things):
At the entrance quantities of regenerative sycamore, old fencing, etc will be cleared or reduced.
Tree-felling is planned to be minimised to that necessary to implement the planning permission for a new learning resources centre: some tree sections are to be turned in to planks etc for outdoor furniture, and brashings will be chipped for mulches and ground consolidation.
Retained trees will have careful surgery to remove deadwood, relieve pressure on branch-splits, etc. A major landscaping programme will start at the same time including a major restocking of the campus (with mulberry, catalpa, medlar, indigenous broad-leaf trees, etc) plus additional tree-belts (for screening, habitats, etc), hedge-line and 'mound' planting, pond restoration, etc in various places around the estate over the next two years.
The aim is to reinforce the College's position in to the next century, support Watling Chase Community Forest, etc.
There will be elements of unavoidable disruption for which the College apologises.
Two new 'American' animal barns (featuring a series of loose boxes that open in to 'under-cover' working corridors) will complete in December.
These will replace a series of worn-out boxes that are nearly fifty years old and not 'friendly' to winter/wet conditions. Careful planning has placed the barns alongside turn-out/ exercise paddocks, feed and bedding barns, etc
November 2, 2001