A vacant site is now being transformed into a new PDSA pet hospital after leading Midlands law firm Wright Hassall helped to secure a land purchase.
Building work has started on the new facility in Nottingham which is estimated to cost £3.7-million to build.
The Nottingham PDSA Pet Wellbeing Centre will be based in Basford, Nottingham, replacing the current PDSA facility in Dunkirk Road.
Wright Hassall, acting on behalf of PDSA in relation to the purchase of the land, completed the deal at the end of April to allow the development to move forward.
Negotiations for the site had been ongoing since 2019.
Kylie Cooper, of Wright Hassall, worked on the purchase with her colleague, David Slade.
She said: “The development planned by PDSA will see a pioneering Pet Wellbeing Centre built which will benefit thousands of Nottingham’s pets.
“We’re excited to see how the development progresses and the benefits it will bring to the area, including the transformation of this site.
“We were pleased to play a part in helping to pave the way for this exciting project.”
The centre will feature a larger, brighter waiting room to the previous one, with separate areas for cats and dogs, reducing the stress a visit to the vet can cause for pet patients.
It will also house improved kennel facilities to allow pets to recover from surgery and treatment in a better environment, a diagnostic room, digital x-ray facilities, and a bigger car park.
The vet charity has raised £2.4-million to fund the new facility, towards a target of £3.7-million as it urges local people and businesses for their support.
Ruth Lister, Philanthropy Manager at PDSA, said Nottingham’s pet hospital is a “vital lifeline” for owners struggling to afford vet care for their pets.
“The new ‘Pet Wellbeing Centre’ will ensure PDSA can continue helping the pets of Nottingham residents who are struggling financially for many more years to come,” Ms Lister said.
“The purpose-built Centre will have more consulting rooms, two operating theatres and a specialist dental theatre, meaning we have more capacity to provide essential treatment for pets in need.
“It will also allow our dedicated vet teams to do more than just treat animals – we want it to become the heart of the Nottingham pet community. Somewhere people can get advice and guidance on how to keep their four-legged best friends happy and healthy.
“The hospital will also help train and educate the next generation of veterinary surgeons through our links with the University of Nottingham, who we’re proud to have worked with since 2010, and will include a dedicated training room for veterinary students.”