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Animals' Shelter

JSPCA Animal Shelter Case Study

Animals' Shelter

We have completed one of our most difficult projects ever handled on the very tight site at the JSPCA centre in St Helier, Jersey. Those who know the site are aware of its restrictions with small access and built on a hill, immediately adjacent to a children’s nursery. The confines of the site and the difficulties of working around mothers delivering children on a daily basis was enormous, however the contractor and ourselves worked diligently to strive for this wonderful building to be completed virtually on time and certainly on budget. ACD Projects have full experience of dealing with the difficulties experienced with the Channel Islands Local Authority, which is much more problematic than mainland UK.

The aim of the new building was to replace the 1938 Dogs Hospital and associated small animal rooms, to enable the JSPCA to have a modern veterinary hospital suite comprising of multiple animal wards, hydrotherapy, X-ray and ultra sound facilities, a high-tech operating theatre and consultation rooms.  Animals will benefit by having a more relaxed and calm environment, which is essential to their recovery, especially after the stress of an operation or for animals when recovering following confiscation from abusive animal owners. Many areas of the site had become run down and dilapidated, after several decades of heavy usage and the whole site generally needed a facelight.

The new building will allow the JSPCA to provide dedicated species rooms with environmental enrichment which can be tailored direct for each species’ needs, allowing for improved care of animals while providing a modern, resource-efficient building that will help the Society maximise its resources while moving forward into the 21st Century.  The building has been designed to cater for the next 50 years of the Society’s needs in the field of small animal and veterinary care. The Veterinary suite is now the most advanced of its kind in the Channel Islands. A café has been formed on the top floor of the building, which also has an outdoor terracing area, for visitors and staff of the centre. This affords spectacular views over St Helier. Office areas and training rooms have been provided on the middle floor, for administration and training of animal centre staff.

Careful thought in the planning stages ensure that the animals have more space to move, with each species having their own dedicated rooms adapted to suit the climate they would be used to.  A safe and clean environment is very important when looking after such a vast variety of animals and all rooms have been designed to minimise the risk and spread of disease, as much as it is possible, with maximum comfort for the animal and hygiene in mind. All areas have been designed to be sealed and waterproof for regular washing down.

The new improved facilities within this impressive structure will not only change the lives of the animals but give the staff that put their heart and soul into the work they do, a more pleasurable place to work. Natural light has been used where possible including a large central rooflight with atrium which penetrates the upper two floors of the building, a front atrium has been formed over the main entrance and reception, and high levels of glazing to the West elevation give a lot of natural light and impressive views over St Helier. Shading has been provided using large roof overhangs and ‘designed in’ overhangs of the building. Also Bris Soleil’s, and tinted glass have been used to avoid solar overheating of these areas. Car parking space numbers have been increased, including disabled parking, and general access to parking is vastly improved as well as access for larger delivery vehicles.

A ‘Covered Run’ building was also built during this project, which is 250m2 and allows weatherproof exercise for Dog Walking, and this building also doubles up as an overspill car park. The building has been designed to have natural ventilation and custom made acoustic gable louvers were built into the Northlights so that noise from dog exercise has been reduced.

The main contractor for this state-of-the-art construction was local building firm Deerglen.  The company had already completed a number of major contracts in the Island such as the striking refurbishment of the Royal Yacht Hotel, the new wing for the Hotel de France and the impressive conversion of the old Abattoir site to a shopping complex.  The JSPCA project was however the first time that they had to build to hospital standards and we have created a building unique to the Island.  The Architects and project managers on the build were a highly specialized company ACD Projects ACD Projects Ltd, who have completed projects across the UK and Europe for Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and Wood Green Animal Charities. Alex Darvill of ACD Projects has over 20 years in the design and construction of highly specialized animal welfare and veterinary establishments. Local Engineers Hartigans were employed to offer their expertise to overcome the difficulties of a challenging site. Most areas of the site were remodelled and levels reworked for improved accessibility and aesthetics generally. The complexity of the M&E installation required to offer the unique environments which varied from room to room dependent on the species were coordinated by Deerglen between ACD Projects’ M&E department and Air Conditioning Jersey.      

One of the main objectives of the build was to provide an eco friendly sustainable yet highly specialized facility that also offered the flexibility required as technologies change throughout the lifespan of the building. Specialist glazing, rendering system, high spec insulation, solar roof membrane, solar collectors, ground source heat pumps and associated efficient M&E systems were utilized to offer the sustainability of the building. This will mean that energy use costs of the building for the animal charity are at the minimum. Specialist suppliers such as Techniks/Syspal, Shoreline, Miele and Labflex companies well advanced in the technologies required to offer a hospital quality finish were specified by ACD Projects and managed by Deerglen.

Health and Safety was a major factor on site and one of the main risks posed was the children’s nursery on site throughout the build as well as the staff of the animal shelter sharing access to some of their facilities. Careful coordination between the CEO of the JSPCA Major Stephen Coleman and Deerglen was required to allow the safe passage of over 20 children twice a day as well as JSPCA staff and animals through a live site. The project lasted sixteen months on site and completed without a single incident.

Despite all the difficulties posed,  the project was completed safely, on time and within budget. The facility is the fruition of many months of hard work, coordination and cooperation by all those involved    



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