Animal Welfare

Blue Cross Suffolk Rehoming Centre Now Open

ACD are pleased to advise that the Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Ipswich has been handed over and is now working well. The handover took place Christmas 2015 and things were difficult, but we held a closing meeting on Tuesday, 16th February 2016 where everyone was pleased with the end result.

The Centre Manager is delighted to have a spacious, easy clean facility with a new cattery, kennel and veterinary facility with lots of external runs, walks etc. following his recent move from the rather restrained Felixstowe site. So far all good comments have been received from the Blue Cross and their visitors.

BX Suffolk building

BX Suffolk 16

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Business News

New project for Animals in Distress

ACD are delighted to be appointed to assist Animals in Distress in the reconfiguration of their existing centre incorporating a new kennel facility, reception area, exercise barn and staffing amenities.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

New project for SPA Monaco

ACD have been appointed to provide proposals for a new animal rehoming centre for the SPA Monaco in France. 

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

Blue Cross - new animal welfare project

ACD has a long-standing relationship with the Blue Cross and we are delighted to be appointed on their Suffolk project.

We will be providing Project Management and Contract Administration for the charity's new animal shelter.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

The Mayhew Animal Home

ACD Projects are pleased to have been appointed to provide a Feasibility Study for The Mayhew Animal Home. 

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

TierQuarTier Wien Opening

Our senior project manager attended the grand opening of Good for Vienna's animal protection centre of excellence on Saturday, 7th March 2015. The day was a great success with thousands of visitors and the shelter itself looks incredible. Below are some images of the completed scheme and we will be uploading a case study of this project in the very near future.

Vienna shelter approach  Vienna reception 

Vienna shop  Vienna viewing kennels

Vienna exercise run  Vienna external runs

 Vienna Intake Kennels  Vienna vet suite

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

Ljubljana Shelter for Abandoned Animals

We are extremely pleased to be appointed to assist the Ljubljana Shelter for Abandoned Animals with their exciting new venture.  Our client wishes to build a new and larger improved, eco friendly shelter for their animals. ACD is providing project consultancy and architectural services and is delighted to be working for this new client. We will give further details of this project as the scheme progresses. 

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

Leicester Animal Aid completion

We are delighted to announce that renovations to the Leicester Animal Aid Intake Block have now been successfully completed.

The works called for a major overhaul of the Centre's acoustic properties, along with improvements to the ventilation system, drainage and lighting.

In order to improve comfort levels for dogs within the facility, each new u-PVC kennel pod has been provided with; natural lighting, fresh air top-up and extraction, and an acoustic ceiling. 

Aseptic workstations, hygienic wall cladding and improved veterinary facilities were also installed for use during the Centre's initial assessment procedures. 

See below our before and after photos, showing the greatly enhanced facilities.

Prep room:

LAA prep room before refurb LAA prep room following refurb

External runs:

LAA external runs before refurb LAA external runs following refurb

Kennel corridor:

LAA kennel corridor before refurb LAA kennel corridor after refurb

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

Construction works nearly complete at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary

Our brief for this project was to create a replacement kennel facility; encompassing improved acoustic and thermal qualities, with additional office and food preparation spaces. 

The new buildings design, together with an enclosed landscaped courtyard, will make the centre a more tranquil and comfortable environment for both dogs and staff alike.

The construction works are due to be completed in 4 weeks and the images below show you how greatly improved the centre will be. 

 HH entrance  HH courtyard

HH kennels  HH lean-to

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

Leicester Animal Aid progresses

We are pleased to confirm that the proposed renovations at the Leicester Animal Aid centre are now moving forward to the construction phase. Shown below are a couple of our 3D proposed kennel images.

LAA Intake Block Sleep Corridor LAA Intake Block Vets Grooming

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

State-of-the-art Animal Shelter - Vienna, Austria

Our senior project manager has just returned from a site visit to Vienna. This new animal shelter is approaching completion and will surely rank as one of the most prestigious rehoming centres in Europe, and, quite possibly, the World.  

This shelter has the capacity to house in excess of 150 dogs, 300 cats and the space for many small animals, as well as boasting a state-of-the-art veterinary centre. This centre will be a very welcome contribution to Vienna.

We are delighted to have been able to see this project through from original concept to its current stage and that the project is on time and on budget. Working with our client, Good for Vienna, has been and is an honourable experience.

Below are a few images showing the nearing completion stage.

Vienna external Vienna external 2 Vienna ext 3 Vienna 4

Vienna internal


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New Project - Cats Protection

We are extremely pleased to be working for the Cats Protection again in the redevelopment of their Downham Market centre.

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New Project - Leicester Animal Aid

We are delighted to be appointed to undertake a Feasibility Study for the Leicester Animal Aid.

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New Project - October 2013

We are previleged to have been appointed to provide specialist consultancy for the Transport for London relating to a mitigation scheme involving the relocation of an animal welfare facility.

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Dogs Trust Ilfracombe Re-opening

The Dogs Trust Ilfracombe 45-kennel re-homing centre held their official re-opening ceremony on the 14th June 2013.

The day was a great success for everyone involved and the centre looked extremely well finished.

 DT Ilfracombe openingDT aerial Jul13

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New Veterinary Hospital and Offices, Cornwall

We have been appointed as project managers, architectural and M&E consultants for an exciting new state-of-the-art veterinary hospital in the Cornwall area. This is to be a fully equipped veterinary hospital and designed/built to BREEAM excellence. We are extremely excited to be involved in this project with a number of environmentally friendly materials and concepts.  

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Veterinary / Small Animals

Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary - Proposed replacement kennelling facilities

We are extremely pleased to be appointed to provide project management and architectural services for the Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary. The proposed replacement kennel building has been carefully designed to be sensitive to the surroundings. This improved facility is much needed to provide the quality of care and a less stressful environment required for the ever increasing problem of abandoned strays, and to replace their existing decayed facilities.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Small Animals

Blue Cross Animal Welfare Society - Ward remodelling at the Blue Cross Grimsby Animal Hospital

We are delighted to be appointed to provide project management, architectural services and cost control for the Cat and Dog Ward remodelling with internal alterations, and minor extensions to form 3no additional rooms on the Eastern side of the building. The contractor has now been appointed and we look forward to working with James Bratton & Co Ltd. We had a large involvement in the original build of this successful hospital, and are delighted to be working with Blue Cross again.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Small Animals

New Project - May 2013

An exciting new project is underway for a charity local to us. The charity has obtained its own land and is looking to build a medium sized shelter with additional farm buildings, equine and space for long-term cattery. We are looking forward to working with the planners and the consortium to procure this new facility for our clients and for it to be a great success in the locality.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Small Animals

Dogs Trust redevelopment of existing Rehoming Centre, Ilfracombe

Phase 2 was completed in March 2013, on time and on budget. We wish to thank the main contactor (Pearce Construction), the M&E consultants (E3 Consulting Engineers) and the quantity surveyors (Gardiner & Theobald) for a smoothly running project.

Upon a recent visit to site, ahead of the official Opening Ceremony in June 2013, the centre looks incredibly well finished and full of dogs waiting for new homes.

Please see our Case Study to view the completion photographs.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Small Animals

AHT Linear Accelerator Cancer Therapy and CT Scan Building for horses and small animals

HRH The Princess Royal opened this state-of-the art facility for the AHT in November 2012. We were extremely pleased to be appointed as project managers, architectural designers, M&E consultants, structural engineers and quantity surveyors for this prestigious project. This was an extremely complex scheme whereby we carried out design co-ordination involving physicists, radiation consultants, counter terrorism consultations and various specialist suppliers. We would like to thank the client (AHT), the contractor (R G Carter), the physicist (Hamish Porter) and everyone else involved.

Please see our Case Study for further information and images.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Equine / Small Animals

Guernsey Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) - Reception Alterations and New Quarantine Block

Following our successful Planning Consent in September 2012, we are renegotiating a value-engineered scheme and are looking forward to moving this forward later in 2013.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Small Animals

Liphook Equine Hospital Completed

The redevelopment has been a success and was completed in May 2012. The defects period is gradually coming to an end and the centre continues to perform well.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Equine

JSPCA Jersey Completed

We are coming to the end of the defects liability period. The centre is working well for the client. The Centre was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in November 2012.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Small Animals

AHT - Hydrotherapy Unit

This small but state-of-the-art facility for hydrotherapy use is receiving constant demand of participants. The facility is four times bigger than their previous unit and has a treadmill, adding yet another facility to the Animal Health Trust’s veterinary hospital.

AHT Hydrotherapy

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JSPCA - State-of-the-art

This state-of-the-art facility is now fully up and running. This new reception, veterinary and small animals centre. We are entering the 12 months defects liability period and the intricate ventilation and cooling system is coping well. The client is very pleased with the sustainable installations capitalising on the hot Jersey sun.


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Cats Protection Dereham - Centre Running Well

Small, but compact and well fitted out extension and refurbishment to the existing centre. The defects liability has now been completed with a reasonably small amount of works undertaken by the local contractor. The works have now been completed satisfactorily and the centre is running well. During our last visit of signing off, every pen was occupied.

CP Dereham

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Cats Protection Derby - Completion

We recently attended site for the 12 months defects liability to complete the contract. We are delighted to say that the defects list was incredibly minor. The contractor completed the work satisfactorily and competently. The client is happy with the project, which seems to be performing very well indeed. The new isolation building and reception building complement the existing structure and certainly enhance the appearance of the facility.

CP Derby

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Current status at the JSPCA

The JSPCA project is located fairly central in the town of St. Helier in Jersey, Channel Isles. Agora have been appointed to design and oversee construction of a new 3-storey multipurpose building including a vet suite, cafe, offices, board rooms, display area, and small animal rooms / facilities. The building's total floor area is 1166m2. Also a new covered parking building incorporating dog runs was required, extensive external works and forming 3 new car parks. This was to replace their outdated facilities.

The steel frame is now erected, first and second floor decks and roof deck are in place, external cavity walls and internal walls under construction, windows/curtain walling are being installed, and first fix M&E is under way.

JSPCA - Steel Frame

JSPCA - Construction Works

JSPCA - Construction Works

JSPCA - Construction Works

Filed Under: Animal Welfare

Improved Student Accommodation at The National Stud

We are pleased to announce that the works to provide additional and improved existing student rooms at The National Stud in Newmarket, are now handed over and are benefiting the students on the studs residential courses. This project followed on from our successful conversion of an underused grain store into a lecture theatre with equine demonstration area last year, and thereby allowing the students to be housed close by on site to their study areas.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Education / Equine

GSPCA Moving Forward

The GSPCA are looking to develop the facilities on its current site in Guernsey to include a new admin area, cattery and kennels. With planning permission achieved last year we are now looking forward to working with the client to progress further to tender documentation.

GSPCA - Perspective

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Liphook Nears Completion

The Liphook Equine Hospital project in Hampshire, to provide new administration, examination, stabling and intensive care buildings, is nearing completion with a phased handover. The feature reception area, pictured, provides a focal point for the site, as well as much improved visitor facilities.


LEH Reception View A

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Equine

The Barn Equine Surgery Works Underway

Work started on site on the 27th June for a 20 week contract to refurbish and extend existing facilities and associated stabling and landscaping works at The Barn Equine Surgery, Dorset.

Filed Under: Animal Welfare / Equine

Cats Protection Dereham Complete

We are proud to announce that this project has now been successfully completed within programme.

The scope of the project included refurbishment and extension of the existing cat facilities at Dereham to include new laundry rooms, staff room, offices, vet room and food and prep areas, in readiness for a later cat sleep and run ward (which is on site now), all whilst the client was still in occupation. The works included a new driveway and alterations to the manager’s house on the site, as well as associated soft and hard landscaping and shed storage facilities.

Cats Protection Dereham - External

Cats Protection Dereham - Reception

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Cats Protection Adoption Centre Derby Complete

This project was successfully completed within programme and under budget.

The scope of the project included refurbishment of the existing cat facilities to include a new reception building and a cattery annexe extension, increasing capacity by 15 cats, along with laundry rooms and food and prep areas, all whilst the client was still in occupation.

The new cat sleep and run ward is an exemplar project in terms of design and finishes and will be used as the new CP standard for all new centres. The works included a new manager’s office, storage facilities and garage block next to the managers house, as well as associated soft and hard landscaping and new refuse storage facilities.

Cats Protection Derby - Reception

Cats Protection Derby - External

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Current status in Vienna

A full scheme has been presented to the animal ombudsmen of Vienna and to the local authority in the Vienna municipal departments. The presentation was received well and Agora were thanked for their input and are currently providing further financial information based on British designs. Project feasibility study has been completed and we hope that we will receive an instruction sometime later in 2011.

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