This project involved the construction of new kennel buildings for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It also provided additional housing for the dogs together with new clinics, exercise spaces and a new intake building for interface with the public when receiving and re-housing dogs.
The design for the single-storey structure is load bearing masonry supporting precast concrete plank roofs, benefiting from off-site fabrication and efficient and repetitive detailing to deliver a landmark building to a tight budget. The need to provide a hygienic internal environment which is robust to animal use lead to the choice of exposed dense masonry wall construction. The dense walls and exposed concrete soffits collectively contribute a high thermal mass greatly facilitating the cooling strategy. Close coordination with the architect, product manufacturers and a tight specification for laying units on site are critical to delivering the desired building finish.