A former pub is to reopen later this year as a small animal veterinary hospital.

Built in 1954, The Magdalen Arms in Gorleston, Norfolk has stood empty for more than two years.

Elissa Norman
Clinical director Elissa Norman standing outside The Magdalen Arms.

The 66-year-old red brick building is listed for preservation thanks to original features that include Dutch gables and the falcon logo of local brewery Lacons incorporated into the brickwork.

Ideal offering

Now, The Veterinary Hospital and Surgery – part of CVS UK – is to relocate its Gorleston surgery, which it has outgrown, to the former hostelry. Having been looking for a larger site with more parking for some time, it was clinical director Elissa Norman who realised The Magdalen Arms could offer everything they needed.

She said: “I’m proud to say we are a busy practice with a growing client base, which means our base in Gorleston is increasingly cramped.

“Public buildings, such as pubs, can make good sites for veterinary clinics because they offer good access, parking and are often in central locations.”

Taking shape

Mrs Norman added: “I have lived close to The Magdalen Arms and have always thought it to be a beautiful building. Even better, though, it has the space inside to enable us to create a state-of-the-art-clinic with five consulting rooms and two operating theatres.

“We will preserve all the listed aspects of the building and are creating an extension at the back to house kennels.

“The conversion work is well underway and it’s so exciting to see our new clinic taking shape before our eyes. We hope to be welcoming our first patients in November.”

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