Design Awards 2019 - The Winners

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Paragon Veterinary Referrals are the overall winners of the BVHA Design Awards 2019 competition.

Flair and imagination feature prominently once more in the latest biennial competition which honours outstanding designs.

 

The results of the Design Awards 2019, organised by the British Veterinary Hospitals Association, were announced at a luncheon in London on 6th December, when the association’s president, Martin Smith, made the presentations.

The prizes included certificates and engraved trophies as well as vouchers from the competition’s Gold Partner, Securos Surgical;  Bronze Partner, Gratnells and sponsorship from Veterinary Practice.

The overall winning practice was the winner in the “conversion” category, Paragon Veterinary Referrals of Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The “new build” category was won by Pool House Equine Clinic of Lichfield; while the “refurbishment” category went to the Vets Now Pet Emergency Hospital in Glasgow.

The BVHA president made two special awards for outstanding design features: the first to The Harrogate Vet in Harrogate for outstanding front-of-house design and appearance; the second to Stanley House Veterinary Group in Colne,  for the ingenious development of a period property.

The BVHA thanks the many practices which entered the award for the time and trouble taken. Interestingly, there were fewer entries than usual from the southern half of England, although London and Essex were represented. All the entries, however, were highly commended by the judges.

The next competition will take place in 2021.

The Roll of Honour

OVERALL WINNER

PARAGON VETERINARY REFERRALS

Red Hall Crescent, Wakefield WF1 2DF

NEW BUILD Category

Winner

POOL HOUSE EQUINE CLINIC

Rykneld Street, Lichfield WS13 8RD

Runner-Up

CRAIG ROBINSON VETS

275 Wigton Road, Cumbria CA2 6JY

CONVERSION Category

Winner

PARAGON VETERINARY REFERRALS

Red Hall Crescent, Wakefield WF1 2DF

Runner-Up

ARCHWAY VETERINARY PRACTICE

Lindale Hill, Lindale, LA11 6LU

REFURBISHMENT Category

Winner

VETS NOW PET EMERGENCY HOSPITAL

123-125 North Street, Glasgow G3 7DA

Runner-Up

STANLEY HOUSE VETERINARY GROUP

16-20 Albert Road, Colne, BB8 0AA

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS

THE HARROGATE VET

66 Leeds Road, Harrogate, HG2 8BE

for outstanding front-of-house design and appearance

STANLEY HOUSE VETERINARY GROUP

16-20 Albert Road, Colne, BB8 0AA

for the ingenious development of a period property

What the judges looked for…

  • outstanding, practical design, demonstrating flair and innovation
  • clever and efficient use of space, with good flow of traffic, and
  • first-class facilities for patients, clients and staff
  • excellent value for money
  • outstanding features deserving of special notice

In particular, the judges looked for “wow” factors in each practice – which all the winners, and many of the other entries, had in abundance.

The method…

All entries received were examined by a panel of judges, mainly from the British

Veterinary Hospitals Association, to determine the finalists in each category. The

standard of entries once again was very high, making this a lengthy process.

The finalists in each category were visited by a small team armed with judging forms,

who marked each practice according to a set protocol to come up with a winner in each

of the three categories and then decide on which one they considered the best overall.

They were also on the look-out for particular features worthy of a President’s Award,

deciding after much discussion to present two this time.

The judges are required to be pernickety and as well as looking for the good points

and imaginative problem solving, giving additional marks for ingenuity, they take note of

design features they consider unsatisfactory, such as potential bottlenecks, and they

deduct marks for “faults” that many would consider very minor in the overall scheme of

things.

There is a preference for practices to have, for example, double entry doors;

appropriate segregation of dogs and cats in the waiting areas and wards of small animal

practices; client areas in full view of staff; clear signage throughout; imaginative décor;

operating theatres limited to one table; appropriate isolation wards; appropriate air flows

and extraction systems; first-class facilities for both clients and staff, including changing

areas for the latter; etc. etc. Clever, imaginative use of space, good value for money and

energy-saving and “green” features are also priorities.

There was close marking in all the categories and lengthy deliberations to determine

the final result.


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A photo tour of the 2019 competition winners and runners-up.