Local team effort to treat sick pets

Ross Dickens, managing director of Clement Dickens and Son, with Andrew Milne of Norcross Vets at the site of the new centre.
Ross Dickens, managing director of Clement Dickens and Son, with Andrew Milne of Norcross Vets at the site of the new centre.
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A new animal treatment centre is under construction on the Fylde coast.

Norcross Vets, which has four practices in the area and employs 20 people, is investing £2m in a new facility to provide the area with a state-of-the art resource.

The centre is being built off Norcross Road, overlooking the Amounderness Way roundabout, on the site of a former farmhouse.

Norcross Vets is already operating its 24-hour service from a temporary building on the site, having moved from its previous headquarters on Blackpool Old Road, in Poulton, where it operated as Milne and Shine for 25 years.

Thornton-based contractor Clement Dickens and Son has been on site undertaking groundworks and installing amenities and the new facility is set to be complete in 2014.

Designed by Thornton-based architect Eric Roberts and Gavin Lemon of GL Design, Glasgow, the two-storey, 12,000 sq ft building will incorporate six consulting rooms, three theatres, an imaging suite, plus accommodation for staff on 24 hour call.

Owner Andrew Milne said: “It is in a central location with easy access to all areas of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde. It’s a great site, highly visible and easy to find – important if someone is travelling with a sick animal late at night.

“At the moment some referrals mean travelling to Liverpool or St Helens to see consultants. This facility will allow us to provide a full range of services here in Norcross.”

Ross Dickens, managing director of Clement Dickens and Son, said it would be an important community facility.

He said: “There has been a lot of work done on preparing the site for construction but now people are going to start to see the shell coming together quite quickly before we undertake the specialist fit out later this year.”

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