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Redevelopment of rehoming centre, Ilfracombe, Devon

Dogs Trust Case Study

Redevelopment of rehoming centre, Ilfracombe, Devon

We have been appointed by Dogs Trust to investigate and subsequently design the redevelopment of their existing Dog Rehoming Centre at West Down, Ilfracombe, in Devon.  All of the kennel blocks were in a poor state of repair and in need of either replacement or refurbishment.  Additional external runs are needed to improve well-being for the dogs by giving them greater access to off the lead exercise.  The design brief set quality kennelling provision as a priority alongside sustainable design considerations and low energy use targets, as well as upgraded site-wide drainage systems and much reduced acoustic output from the kennel blocks – making the site more comfortable for dogs, centre staff, and neighbouring sites.

The project will replace the two linear kennel blocks due to their unsuitability for refurbishment, and to modify and link the two existing parasol blocks to form a new Rehoming building.  Part demolition of the existing administration / reception building is required to afford both construction and maintenance access (including fire tenders), whilst this will also offer improved staff facilities.

The two new linear blocks are to house 9no. ‘intake’ kennels and 9no. ‘booked’ kennels for dogs ready for new owners, together with, shared between them, Food prep, Laundry and Sluice utility areas plus a small veterinary office.  These are to be timber clad with triple glazed timber framed windows, shallow pitched (less than 10 degrees) roofs finished with a single ply membrane, with the walls and roofs super-insulated.  The use of solar gain, thermal mass and natural ventilation has been incorporated within their design.

The proposed Booked and Intake kennel blocks rationalise the space available after demolishing the existing kennel blocks as well as addresses the problem of site topographic nature along the site existing demolished buildings.  This topography is utilised to benefit noise reduction and restrict dog to dog vision, a known incitement for barking.

The main focus of the scheme though will be the conversion of the two parasol blocks which will be modified and extended to provide a unified rehoming building where visitors can spend time to view and consider their potential new pets in a quiet environment, with the dogs housed behind glass which considerably reduces stress and therefore barking.  Re-use of the two parasol structures retains their embodied value and reduces material consumption and waste, whilst lending a distinct form to the new building with pitched roofs following their facetted footprint.  One converted half-parasol will house reception and the second parasol will retain some kennels for training and behavioural assessment (TBA) and utility areas, via additional flat roofed extensions.  The two existing structures will be linked with the new rehoming kennels, featuring a top-lit central corridor.  Again, thermal mass, super-insulation and natural cross ventilation have been incorporated, with mechanical heating and ventilation plant kept to a minimum.  The Rehoming building will therefore offer an enhanced waiting and reception area, 22no. glass fronted kennels with, at the back of house, a TBA office and three dedicated kennels with attached external runs, Food prep, Bath and Groom, Laundry, Stores, Sluice and staff WC.  The visitor waiting area will offer a small dedicated space for display and sales of Dog related care products for new owners for the primary benefit of the charity, as does the current reception which this facility will replace. 




2013 Rehoming Building   DT Ilfracombe rehoming building 3

DT Ilfracombe 3D 8   3D view 11

DT Ilfracombe 4    DT Ilfracombe 2

DT Ilfracombe rehoming corridor   2013 Rehoming Corridor

DT Ilfracombe intake kennel building

DT Ilfracombe rehoming kennel   DT Ilfracombe rehoming kennel 2

 DT Ilfracombe Reception Building

   DT Ilfracombe converted rehoming reception parasol DT Ilfracombe reception

DT Ilfracombe converted parasol kennel run   DT Ilfracombe dog run fencing

DT Ilfracombe astroturf dog run   DT Ilfracombe sand dog run fencing

 DT Ilfracombe 3    DT Ilfracombe fibreglass dog bath

3D view 5  DT Ilfracombe 3D 12