THE NEW environmentally-friendly doctor’s surgery in Buxted, due to open in the spring, is already making some long-standing locals feel completely at home.
The rotunda in the centre of the new structure in Framfield Road, was specifically designed as a penthouse for the Pipistrelle and Long Eared Bats who were made homeless when the former boys’ club was demolished to make way for the new, much-needed medical centre.
And on the south-west corner of the grounds, separated by a post and rail fence, a new environment has been created for the Common Lizards and Slow Worms also found on the site, to ensure their protection.
Pipistrelle Bat boxes are located behind the new timber cladding in the eaves of the two-storey western block, while two lofts for Long Eared Bats, which need a larger space to ‘warm up’ in before they emerge to hunt, are accommodated in the rotunda and in the east end roof void to the western block.
Architectural director Phil Hiscocks said: ‘The combination of the two roof voids was a good compromise and meant we didn’t have to further increase the size of the building.’
The bat lofts and boxes are now legally protected and can only be accessed by a licensed ecologist.
Construction of the new surgery is on target and should be open for business by the end of April.