Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Clinic Kennels

Battersea, London SW8

Refurbishment and fit-out of four derelict railway arches at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to provide clinic kennels for post-operative dogs.

These arches were previously unoccupied and in a very poor state of repair, asbestos ridden and badly leaking. After a complete strip-out, the works involved construction of new floor slabs, drainage, substructure piling, curtain walling/glazing to both sides of each arch and the insertion of a new mezzanine structure to each arch to provide for office accommodation and general ancillary space.

A new galvanised steel staircase and gantry was built to one side to enable access to these mezzanine spaces as well as provide a degree of solar shading to the fully glazed kennel accommodation below.

Each arch is arranged as 8 kennels plus 4 shared runs, although this arrangement is flexible with the possibly of providing a maximum of 12 kennels per arch i.e. a maximum of 48 kennels in total.

Each arch measures approximately 100m2 in area internally plus mezzanine space which in effect doubles this. All the kennels are constructed using stainless steel framing with glazed screens and resin floors all carefully sealed for maximum infection control. The glazed kennels are arranged down each side of each arch with a central linear island unit housing sinks, equipment, storage and computer facilities. This central island unit also serves to screen off each wing of kennels from each other - this serves to prevent dogs from being to see each other which in turn helps keep stress levels down as the dogs cannot antagonise each other. This helps their recovery in order that they can be transferred to the re-homing kennels more quickly and be re-housed with a new family.

Total floor area: 400m2
Contract: Traditional JCT SBC/XQ 2011