THE first soil has been cut to develop a Morpeth veterinary facility, paving the way for the town’s new supermarket.
Work has begun at Whorral Bank to create Robson and Prescott’s new veterinary centre.
The practice is relocating from Low Stanners to the former Northumberland County Council salt depot site to make room for a supermarket development by Dransfield Properties.
Vets see the move as a chance to expand their business and the new centre will be twice the size of their existing premises, with separate treatment areas for equine and farm animals and smaller animals, and better access for customers.
The business currently employs 50 staff.
Practice Manager Shelagh Prescott said: “We are so excited and so privileged to be able to have such a fantastic opportunity. The new practice will be a truly amazing development. Morpeth currently has nothing of this scale and we are so excited about the facilities that we will be able to offer.”
The centre should be ready next summer.
It is being built by North East-based contractor Tolent, which is also due to start work on the supermarket site next month.
Dransfield Properties Managing Director Mark Dransfield said: “It was five years ago when we first approached the practice about relocating and we are delighted to be here cutting the first soil on its brand new practice. We are looking forward to seeing the finished building next year and work also starting next month on the supermarket site.”
Town and county councillor Andrew Tebbutt praised Dransfield’s involvement in Morpeth, which has included the re-development of Sanderson Arcade, and he said the supermarket will further benefit the town through investment in jobs and facilities.
“Dransfield Properties has worked with the people of Morpeth and the changes and improvements that have been made are greatly appreciated,” he said.
“Everyone outside of Morpeth envies what we have to offer and the commitment that we have received. Everyone living within Morpeth is excited about what else is left to come.
“We cannot wait to see the development completed.”