New £700,000 Hartpury arena supports equine and canine education
By Sarah Wood
Construction is under way on a £700,000 modern arena at Hartpury to expand its range of world-leading facilities, enhance student learning experience and increase equine and canine research opportunities.
The Equine and Animal Assisted Arena (EAAA) will consist of a covered indoor arena and covered round pen that will provide a contemporary learning environment for Hartpury University and Hartpury College students on equine, human-animal interaction and canine diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
As well as enabling students to gain practical skills and knowledge, the facilities will deliver a modern setting for equine and canine research and development projects, dog agility training, equitation clinics and animal-assisted therapy.
The development has had significant backing from charitable trusts and foundations, keen to join Hartpury in its commitment to improve animal welfare and engagement in human-animal interaction activities to support local people.
Russell Marchant, vice-chancellor of Hartpury University and principal of Hartpury College, said: "We're delighted that construction is now under way on the Equine and Animal Assisted Arena, which will be an important addition to our current range of facilities on campus.
"We'd like to express our deepest thanks to all the supporting trusts involved in helping to fund the project - the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust, the Childwick Trust and the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust - and to the Office for Students for providing a grant.
"We are continuing to seek funding support to complete the entire development to maximise benefits."
Originally planned for last year but delayed due to Covid-19, the project is being carried out by longstanding partners Andrews Bowen Equine Developments and is expected to be completed by the end of August.
In line with sustainability, the covered indoor will be built with an Equaflow base in order to attenuate rainfall from the building roofs that can then be released via controlled discharge into the existing site drainage.
David Andrews, managing director at Andrews Bowen, said: "We are delighted to be working with the team at Hartpury on this exciting new project.
"We have been working with Hartpury for over 15 years, a relationship that has seen the facilities develop for a multitude of disciplines and riders of all levels, from grassroots through to international.
"We are in no doubt that the new covered arenas, installed with our Equaflow base and ProWax surface will be of great benefit to the equestrian community at Hartpury for the future."
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