Approval for new hospital re-development

We are really pleased to say that we received confirmation that our plans were successful and given permission to go ahead with the site redevelopment.

The re-build or the ‘BIG BUILD’ project is required due to the ever-increasing number and variety of patients we are treating each year. We are just simply running out of room to safely rehabilitate patients and having to ‘house’ birds and mammals in the same area, meaning some animals are located too close to their natural predators, which is not ideal. Much of the hospital was built in the 1980’s on a shoestring budget, so the buildings are no longer fit for purpose and are not an ideal environment for staff, volunteers or patients.

Brent Lodge ‘BIG BUILD’ Capital Appeal started in 2015 after receiving some generous legacies from loyal supporters. This enabled Brent Lodge to complete Phase 1 of the ‘BIG BUILD’ Capital Appeal which included demolishing two old buildings to create a new feed store, build 3 new aviaries, and construct an educational hut for when we host educational visits.

Phase 2 will be undertaken in 5 stages.  These will include 12 new bird of prey aviaries, 5 new water pool enclosures, mammal rehabilitation enclosures, a reception and quarantine area. Finally, the new hospital extension will begin which then allow us to redevelop our existing hospital to also bring that up to a modern standard.

Thanks to a generous donation of £25,000 from The Hatcher Animal Welfare Trust and further supporter donations, we were able to finish Stage 1 and construct 12 new outside bird of prey enclosures.

Bird of prey enclosures with walkway for patient inspections
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