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Charles Knowles completes cattery in Battersea

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Charles Knowles Design has completed this £4 million Cattery for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in south London

The Battersea Cattery is a four-storey extension to the existing ‘Kent’ kennel building that was designed by the same Chiswick-based practice more than a decade ago. Work began on the scheme in July 2009.

Housing up to 150 cats, the design includes waiting rooms, preparation areas and 87 cat pens and ‘socialising rooms’.

According to the practice, the scheme’s ‘insulated curtain-walling and self cleaning windows are ‘specifically sized and located to make the most of natural light’.

Solar thermal and photovoltaic panels provide up to half of the hot water required for the building and enough electricity to heat all of the lodgings. A ground source heating and cooling system supplies heat for the building in the winter and cooling in the summer.

The building was officially opened yesterday (27 October) by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall who was treated to a ‘dog guard of honour’ by current Battersea residents.

Her Royal Highness singled out the architect for praise. She said: ‘It has got to be a very nice project to work on, and it truly is fantastic. The design is so elegant’.


Project data

Architects: Charles Knowles Design
Location: Battersea
Type Of Project:  Cattery
Structural Engineers: CampbellReith
Project Architect: Charles Knowles
Design Team: Charles Knowles, Ross Sweetman, Andrew Scott
Client:Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Tender date: tbc
Start on site date:July 2009
Contract duration:14 months
Gross internal floor area: tbc
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT with Quantities
Total cost: £4m
M&e consultant: Michael Popper Associates
Quantity surveyor: Listers
Main contractor: John Sisk and Sons Ltd
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: tbc

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