Designed by ASHLEY HALLIDAY, the Equine Health & Performance Centre (EHPC) has created a state-wide focal point for the delivery of ‘best practice’ equine health education, creating a clinical teaching hospital that optimises the quality of equine health learning and research, clinical service, workplace safety, biosecurity , and legal risk mitigation.

 Working closely with client representatives Prof Chris Riley, Assoc. Prof Eric Noschka and Hassell, ASHLEY HALLIDAY led a careful ‘first-principle’ examination of accreditation standards, the EHPC Business Plan, benchmark studies and staff aspirations. A rapid and rigorous concept planning process followed to develop and refine a unique pattern of organisation and functionality that met the University’s available budget and program.

Key elements of the EHPC include a Clinic/Reception, Teaching Hospital (comprising specialised orthopaedic and soft tissue theatres), advanced diagnostic imaging, intensive care stalls, mare/foal and surgery wards, Exam/Triage area ( comprising Opthamology/Endoscopy, Emergency Exam and Student Exam rooms), Theriogenology building, Isolation Stalls, and an office/administration area. Opportunities for student learning and research are ubiquitous through the centre including IT intensive surgery viewing rooms directly adjacent the theatres, e-learning suites, induction/recovery stall perches, oversized consulting rooms, student change areas and spare desks for visitors and HDR students.

The buildings architecture is largely defined by its function and the unique circulation patterns designed to optimise the quality of clinical service, workplace safety and biosecurity. The broad planning strategy for the site involved organising cost-effective rectangular shaped building blocks in a cluster around a central circulation core. Generous separation between building components is maintained in order to clearly define building entry points and safe pathways, maintain biosecurity control lines between building, maximise natural ventilation, and to reinforce important views and vistas through the campus. A tight budget and semi-industrial/farm character on campus led to an economical planning grid being adopted. This grid is also carried through into the modulation and articulation of light grey, dark grey and off-white colorbond profiled metal cladding and expressed steel structure.

Consistent with the adjacent companion animal health centre, the EHPC creates a professional and distinguishable identity for the equine program and enables the University of Adelaide’s veterinary program to achieve full VSAAC Accreditation.