DOGS TRUST, CANTERBURY
|Construction:||Lightweight Steel Frame|
|Team||Steve Gee, Mark Bouch|
As part of a nationwide expansion programme by the Dogs Trust, OSG Architecture were approached to assist with design development, planning and technical delivery of a new intake facility at the Canterbury branch, to replace the existing building.
Working together with the client and the contractor, we designed a new building that would provide first-class accommodation for the dogs. Each kennel is located on an external wall, allowing a warm internal sleeping area to be linked to an external run, with a staff access corridor located behind the sleeping areas.
The internal layout had to be configured so that the dogs cannot see each other, in order to keep them calm. We have adopted a ‘cell-like’ design to achieve this.
The staff facilities are situated in the centre of the building and along one side.
At the east end of the building there is first floor accommodation within the roof space. This is divided in two: one half is a staff office and the other half is a two-bed flat, which provides overnight accommodation for staff.
Around the exterior of the building there is a covered walkway, which enables dogs to be exercised during bad weather.
The new building will be highly energy efficient, thanks to the use of materials that exceed the current standards required by building regulations. The client is keen to protect the environment and also to reduce running costs.