Donkey Sanctuary vet hospital set to complete soon

Building work at The Donkey Sanctuary’s new veterinary hospital is just six weeks from completion with LHC’s new buildings taking shape.

LHC was appointed to develop innovative designs and masterplans for a range of new and re-modelled buildings at the East Devon charity’s main visitor site, Slade Farm in Sidmouth, as well as a bespoke veterinary hospital and research centre at Brookfield Farm near Honiton.

The new purpose-built hospital, which will support state of-the-art advanced veterinary practice and research, is due to complete in December.



The new Visitor Centre and Museum, with glazed entrance gallery, exhibition space, gift shop and a 200 seat restaurant at Slade Farm is due to complete in spring 2017.

Side elevation of restaurant with views


John Baulch, Director of LHC, said:

“The Donkey Sanctuary have been providing an exceptional care for donkeys and mules worldwide for over 45 years. It’s fantastic to work with such a worthy charity and to know that our designs will help donkeys get the medical care they need for years to come.

“Slade Farm is located in such a beautiful part of Devon. Only minutes from the sea and surrounded by rich woodland and countryside, the new and remodelled buildings have been carefully designed to complement the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty they sit in. It’s exciting to see our designs taking shape.”



The new buildings will use natural materials and the restaurant will feature a green roof; the buildings will be heated using renewable energy generated using a combination of wood pellets and waste generated by the donkeys.



Veterinary Hospital
Veterinary Hospital