Cattery at Old Windsor

Charles Knowles Design, Berkshire, 2007


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  • Ground floor plan    
  • Refleced ceiling plan    
  • Sections B-B, C-C and D-D    
  • Lakeside entrance - west elevation and front entrance - south elevation    
  • Courtyard entrance - eastern elevation and Rear entrance - north elevation    

Low-tech cattery built within the Green Belt at Old Windsor as the countryside outpost of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Constructed on piled foundations, the walls are double skin thin-joint celcon aircrete block with a full filled cavity to achieve a high level of thermal and acoustic insulation and rendered inside and out with sand and cement.

An exposed timber and sedum grass covered roof, set into the sloping bank, sits over both internal and external spaces, which are defined by continuous clerestory windows, providing the interior with reflected light and natural cross ventilation.

Coloured cat boxes with individually heated platforms and expressed stainless steel ventilation systems house the cats, behind large glass doors for public viewing.

As well as the cat viewing spaces, there are maternity areas where the kittens are left to play whilst the mother rests in a raised box inaccessible to the young; isolation areas, food preparation rooms, laundry, socialising rooms, stores and offices.


  • Begun: 2006
  • Completed: 2007
  • Floor area: 500m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £1.5M
  • Procurement: JCT with quantities
  • Address: Priest Hill, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JN, United Kingdom

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