Jonathan Clark Architects has continued its series of buildings for the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with a new Veterinary Clinic and Centre of Excellence.
The £18 million new-build hospital and office building replaces an outdated four storey kennel building, and is a key part of the re-development of the BDCH site adjacent to Battersea Power Station.
The 4,000sq m, eight-storey building – the largest element within the BDCH complex – features vibrant and colourful glazed terracotta cladding, which gives the building a shimmering quality. Different shades of blue Ririse from a grey clad plinth; the colours originate from the charity’s corporate colours and are arranged in a pixelated fashion, rising from dark to lighter shades, before fading to a very pale blue/grey at the top of the building which gives the building the impression of blending into the sky. The glazed terracotta also refers to the masonry of local Victorian buildings.
A new state of the art veterinary clinic occupies the ground and first floor levels of the building, where Jonathan Clark Architects worked closly with BDCH’s expert veterinary team to create modern clinical facilities. A large preparation hub is placed at the heart of the medical area, linking together more specialised theatres and services, whilst the public consultation area is placed at the front of the building.
Training facilities and open plan office spaces are housed in the top six levels and a lecture theatre and boardrooms were included on the top floor. The lecture theatre extends into a roof terrace with views across to the Battersea Power Station and Battersea Park.
Jonathan Clark Architects has also created new kennel blocks and an intake centre for the world-renowned charity.