Wildflower meadow caps £5m development scheme for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Work has begun on site for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s biggest development in its 154-year history. The £5m project involves building a kennels block with dedicated external paddocks and a new intake centre for receiving dogs and to house the isolation kennels and associated clinic areas. The new kennels block provides kennels with individual runs for 56 intake dogs, all on one level with level or ramped access throughout for ease of moving dogs.
This building is split into 4 blocks of 14 kennels, which are subdivided into 2 sets of 7 kennels for improved infection control, to limit noise and hence stress and disruption for vulnerable dogs. The subdivisions allow a block of 7 to be isolated from all other blocks should an infection break out.
Each block of 14 kennels has a full range of ancillary rooms for welfare and assessment of the dogs - food preparation area, dog bathing, clinic room, assessment room, and general cleaning area. In addition, a neutral lobby is placed between each set of 7 kennels for staff to write up observation notes and so on. Laundry and staff changing facilities open off the neutral lobby.
Each set of 7 kennels has a dedicated external paddock, again for infection control, i.e. 8 paddocks in total. These paddocks will be partially protected from direct sun and rain by sail-like tensile canopies. These paddocks are screened from the runs by planter boxes and also by being dropped down in level.
The kennels have very good insulation, thermal mass, double glazing, underfloor heating and a natural ventilation system using adjustable grilles in each kennel and ventilation turrets in each corridor. This is to meet the optimum temperature and air change requirements for dogs, particularly the more vulnerable.
Each dog has access to an external ‘run’ which is designed with glazed shutters that will be held open in summer to maximise fresh air, and can be closed in winter to form a buffer zone where the temperature is higher the ambient external temperature. In addition to allowing the dogs some more space, these runs allow staff to keep dogs secure in the runs while their kennels are being cleaned.
A wild flower meadow roof covers the whole building, and will be very prominent from the surrounding high level railways and from the proposed developments around the Battersea Power Station, on the site of the redundant gas holders, and on the site of the Marco Polo building.
The building is designed to high environmental standards, with a 25% reduction in energy use over a building designed to current Building Regulations. The building achieves BREEAM ‘Very Good’.