New Battersea Dogs and Cats Home buildings revealed by JCA
Jonathan Clark Architects has finally unveiled the brand new £4.8 million Mary Tealby Kennels at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which is located in south London.
The buildings, which have been named after the charity’s founder, measure a total of 2,000 metres squared and contain 56 new intake kennels in a blog measuring 165 metres long.
Around 197 piled foundations measuring 16 metres in depth, on average, were needed to support the buildings due to the ground conditions at the site.
The building’s exterior is fitted with Sto render facades, the colour schemes of which can be used to find one’s way both inside and outside of the buildings.
Speaking to Architects Journal about the building, practice founder Clark said:
“The graphic composition of the coloured sections below the stone-coloured upper band has been influenced by the continuous movement of dogs up and down the length of the kennels.”
The arrangement of the buildings is such that the dogs staying there are not able to see each other, which reduces stress, and the roof of the new kennels’ is covered with a wildflower meadow, which is not only attractive, but which also helps to improve the building’s thermal efficiency.
Inside the building, the dogs will benefit from underfloor heating, double glazing, high thermal mass and a BMS controlled ventilation system, as well as solar control and a building orientation which maximises warmth, which will also help to keep running costs down.