An event to officially mark the commencement of Birmingham’s new Dog Rescue and Welfare Centre took place on the 19th November. The project inauguration guests included Simon Price, chief executive of Birmingham Dogs Home, together with Richard Temple Cox CBE, chairman of the trustees.
Danny Dawson, Clugston’s regional manager for the West Midlands, was also present at the event. Clugston Construction, which is part of the £230m privately owned Clugston Group of companies and has an office in Bromsgrove, secured the £5.5m contract to construct the new facility.
Scheduled to open in summer 2015 the new Birmingham Dogs Home will be a purpose built facility in the countryside in Catherine-de-Barnes near Solihull. The new Centre will provide 120 re-homing kennels, a veterinary suite and large external exercise areas with an area for dog walking. It will also include administration areas, community rooms, car parking and residential accommodation for the centre manager.
The new Dogs home, which has been designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects, puts dogs at the centre of the design process. The building will provide internal and external environments that will ensure maximum comfort and minimum stress levels for the dogs, through careful planning and orientation. Passive design principles will also ensure that energy requirements are kept to a minimum.
The state-of-the-art facility will sit sympathetically within the surrounding area and the extensive planting and landscaping will create a pleasant environment, with plenty of space for the dogs to enjoy external exercise.
The new Centre will enable the charity to provide enhanced services with the facilities available, not only for the dogs and staff, but for the community as well, facilitating more involvement from the general public and further supporting the Birmingham Dogs Home outreach work.
Danny Dawson commented, “We are very proud to be building the new Birmingham Dogs Home. As a company we are establishing a growing presence in the Midlands and being chosen to construct this high profile facility is testament to the commitment and hard work of our entire team. We are very much looking forward to completing the project in 2015.”
Simon Price said, “I’m delighted to be here for the project inauguration event. It has been a long journey and I would like to thank everyone concerned for getting us to this point. Seeing work commence is very exciting, I’m looking forward to the project’s completion next year.”
Matthew Goer, director at Associated Architects said, “It’s been an enjoyable and rewarding process working with Birmingham Dogs Home to design this new and exciting facility. We’re all looking forward to the commencement of the construction phase and working with Clugston to deliver this ambitious project.
“The new Birmingham Dog’s Home seems to have captured the public’s interest and support; we’re looking forward to seeing the building completed and the charity continuing with its essential work.”