As a pioneer of the One Health approach, the Royal Veterinary College is forging important partnerships with leaders in human medicine and the social sciences. Our science is addressing some of the most important global challenges affecting the livelihoods of some of the poorest communities worldwide.

To enable this journey of discovery, we are developing facilities that inspire and promote collaboration between our scientists, clinicians and external partners, empowering our students to become the One Health leaders of the future, equipped to tackle the global challenges faced by society.

The £45 million development of the Hawkshead Campus is already underway and will bring together the research, educational and clinical aspects of our endeavours. Here you can find out how the development is progressing.



Latest project updates

April 2020
Construction has been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. Further updates will be announced in due course.

November 2019 - March 2020
Our construction partners RG Carter began building work in November 2019. Prior to this there was a process of decanting of staff teams out of the 1950s buildings allowing space for the building work to get underway. Despite the efforts of storms Ciara and Dennis which have turned large areas of the site into a quagmire at times, the building work has remained very much on schedule. The foundations are now firmly in place.



Development progress

You can view images and videos of our development progress by scanning the QR codes with your mobile phone or tablet. Simply open the camera on your smart-phone or tablet and point it at the code. Your device should recognise that it is a QR code and give you a pop up link to a website. Tap/click the link to view each space.


East Entrance elevation
This will be the entrance to the Veterinary Vaccinology and Cell Therapy Hub that will advance the One Health approach, accelerating the development of next-generation vaccines and cell therapies that will fight key animal infections and ultimately protect humans.

The east entrance is facing the back of the campus and will provide a linking corridor through to the clinical areas; particularly the Small Animal Referrals Hospital and the Equine Hospital.

West Entrance elevation
This shows the atrium and reception - a welcome space which will facilitate the interaction of different teams and individuals, stretching between the east and west lobby areas of the Hawkshead Campus buildings, connecting research and teaching areas with social areas such as a café, shop and reception spaces.

1. Atrium interior from Level 1 walkway
2. Atrium interior from mid-point ground floor
3. Atrium interior from Reception desk
4. Directed learning room
5. Group learning space
6. Lecture theatre upper level 7. Lecture theatre upper level 8. Library 9. Social learning 10. Staff space


Further views

- New teaching laboratories, improved and extensive social learning spaces, and a new 400-capacity lecture theatre enabling veterinary science and veterinary nursing students to study together for the first time.

Research and innovation space to bring RVC researchers and small businesses together in world-class research facilities. This will support pioneering research, and provide a focal point for enterprise and innovation activity at the heart of the campus.

- A teaching laboratory, vital to student learning and translating the latest scientific findings from research labs and collaborations with companies to educate students with the most up-to-date research that is taking place.

- Improved tuition space



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