Battersea Dogs & Cats Home - Mary Tealby Intake Kennels

Battersea, London SW8

We built a new kennel building and intake centre for the charity to sit at the heart of their high profile Battersea site. Opened by Her Majesty The Queen.

Solar control, natural ventilation system, high thermal mass, air source heat pumps and a long, photovoltaic canopy has gained the project top BREEAM accreditation.

The entire roof of both buildings is covered with a wildflower meadow blanket to improve thermal efficiency, create visual interest and support city wildlife.

The graphic composition of the coloured sections has been influenced by the continuous movement of dogs up and down the length of the kennels. The design also acts as a visual identifier for staff using the building.

Load bearing, block-work walls with precast concrete roofing are used throughout the kennels, while a combination of steel frame and load bearing walls are used for the intake centre.The external facades are faced with self colour Sto render. The intake centre entrance fascia and blade structure are clad with Trespa panels.

Total area: 2,000m2
Contract: Traditional JCT SBC/XQ 2011


Battersea Dogs & Cats Home


• International WAN Colour in Architecture Award 2015 - Finalist


• Evening Standard 'Homes & Property', October 2017
• Concrete Magazine, April 2017
• The Architects' Journal, 26 October 2015
• Building Design, March 2014 - (bd online)