We have recently manufactured and installed fitted veterinary, clinical, office and reception furniture at the brand new Cedar Veterinary Group in Alresford, Hampshire, in a contract worth just over £33,000.
“I’d assumed that specialist veterinary furniture would be very expensive, as anything specifically for vets often is, but it turned out that David Bailey’s proposed solution was very good value indeed.” Charlie Mitchell, managing director, Cedar Veterinary Group
Cedar Veterinary Group
The Cedar Veterinary Group was first established in Alresford, Hampshire, in 1893. It then expanded to Alton in 1923 and then to Four Marks in 1985. Its three Hampshire surgeries treat pets and horses, offering a wide range of services, including an operations suite, keyhole surgery, dental work, an in-house laboratory where blood and other tests are carried out, as well as digital radiography and diagnostic equipment, allowing the vets to examine and diagnose conditions quickly.
The existing surgery at Alresford was old and had become too small for the expanding group and a new site was found where a new, purpose built surgery could be built from scratch. This was completed in April 2019 and is a large, impressive, two-storey surgery standing in its own grounds in the middle of Alresford. The contractor for the new build was Arun Projects of Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Charlie Mitchell, managing director at Cedar Veterinary Group explained why the new build was necessary:
“Our business has been growing over the last ten years and we needed more space and more equipment to meet the needs of our expanding customer base. The new surgery at Alresford has been bespoke built to our specifications and allows for future expansion and will attract customers from areas further afield, such as Winchester.”
Searching for healthcare furniture
The dog (left) and cat wards at Cedar Vets, fitted with green-fronted base, high level and tall units, and grey, bullnose worktops
Initially, Cedar Vet Group went to a builder’s merchant for designs for the furniture they needed throughout the new surgery in Alresford. It soon became clear to Charlie however, that the units supplied were mainly just normal domestic kitchen units. “We wanted more bespoke furniture, better quality and suitable for a clinical environment,” he said. At this point Cedar Group went to a project management company who specialised in the veterinary sector, to make sure their plans and designs were along the right lines and that there were no glaring errors. The project management company gave them some names of manufacturers specialising in healthcare and clinical furniture; we were included on that list.
“We contacted the furniture manufacturers but some of them struggled to come back to us,” commented Charlie. “But David Bailey Furniture Systems came back to us with prices and ideas and then worked with us to design a solution which exactly matched our specific requirements and dimensions. The David Bailey website showed us exactly what we’d get and everyone there was really helpful, right from the very first contact. They came out to visit the new site a couple of times to show us samples and run through the plans and the schedule.”
Why we were selected
“I’d assumed that specialist veterinary furniture would be very expensive, as anything specifically for hospitals often is, but it turned out that David Bailey’s proposed solution was very good value indeed,” continued Charlie. “Another plus point in David Bailey’s favour was that they could do the whole build, to include furniture for the offices and reception area as well as the clinical areas.”
The veterinary furniture
Two of the consulting rooms with beech effect fronted base units and grey, bullnose worktops
Because this was a brand new build, furniture for the whole building was required. We manufactured and installed fitted veterinary furniture in the following areas:
- 4 consulting rooms
- 2 operating theatres
- Dog ward
- Cat ward
- Preparation rooms
- Office areas
- Admin rooms
- Surgery reception area
In the operating theatre area, showing clinical storage units and worktops
In total this meant:
- 62 metres of worktop
- 45 base units
- 22 wall units
- 4 tower units
- 2 lockers
- New reception counter
The laboratory, where blood and other tests are performed in-house
In the clinical areas of the practice we provided green-fronted units with grey, bullnose worktops, and in the office and admin areas we provided beech effect fronted units with grey worktops.
The final installation took place in April this year and took seven to ten days in total, over two or three visits.
“David Bailey were very easy to communicate with,” concludes Charlie. “They gave us the time we needed, the installation was conducted very professionally and the finish quality is excellent. They delivered what they said they would deliver in the timescales they’d promised and I’m very happy with the end result.”
We designed and manufactured the new reception counter (left). Right hand side shows one of the office areas at Cedar Vets
Watch videos of the fitted veterinary furniture installation at Cedar Veterinary Group
Made in Britain, fitted veterinary furniture
All the fitted veterinary furniture we supply is manufactured at our factory in Broadstairs, Kent. We provide specialist, HTM 63 and HTM 71 compliant furniture and storage units, specialising in the veterinary, healthcare, hospital and education markets. We have installed fitted veterinary furniture to many veterinary practices, surgeries and hospitals, such as Blue Cross and the PDSA, and other veterinary groups. Architects and Contractors rely on us because they know we are well established and professional and our durable furniture is manufactured in Britain with craftsmanship and professionalism. We also install our own furniture into a facility, so there is no need to ensure a contractor has installation instructions.
Cedar Veterinary Group veterinary furniture – where to find out more
Are you specifying fitted furniture for a veterinary practice or hospital? See short videos of our furniture being made and read testimonials from other architects, contractors and customers about working with us.
You can see our range of veterinary furniture here.
Or please get in touch with us to discuss a project.
Read our blog “Does interior design matter in a veterinary clinic?”
Case study date: August 25, 2020