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The architects were asked to consider the feasibility of providing a new purpose-built IVF Unit on a site at Bath Clinic. The location is presently occupied by an area of hardstanding, and temporary single storey modular buildings.

The building area has been estimated on the basis of similar building types, and contains all necessary room areas. The proposed connection onto the rear wing of Longwood House will result in some loss of accommodation there.

Planning constraints have been considered when developing the design proposals, being mindful of the special qualities of the site, in particular: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Green Belt; Nature Reserve; Water Source Protection Area.

The Local Planning Authority has in the past recognised the contribution that this site makes to the health care facilities within the city, even though development may be contrary to the current Development Plan. However, early discussions should take place to ascertain any areas of difficulty that may arise.

Preliminary costs have been prepared to provide guidance on the likely order of cost that should be expected for a building of this size on this site.

Nick Sharp

Cost Consultants:
Cyril Sweett, Bristol

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