Priory Veterinary Group first engaged us nearly thirty years ago (when the practice was then known as Strang and Partners) to produce a major refurbishment of their Christchurch building, including the addition of a first floor flat.
At the time, access for all visitors was via a very tight entrance corridor on the far left-hand side of the original building. This was a major problem because it frequently brought pets - (as well as their owners!) into conflict with one another. One of our first decisions was therefore to close this entrance and create a new, much wider and centrally located entrance facing the reception counter.
Architecturally, the design took its cue from the existing slightly eccentric building and duplicated the main elements in negative form. Hence the promontories to either side were instead recessed and the central bay projected. Elsewhere the stuccoed banding was replicated with a soldier course of Staffordshire Blue bricks and the plinth, windows and roof were all designed to have the same form and colours.
Many years later we converted what was a small garden centre into the shop and veterinary practice which the practice has in Highcliffe.