The Shelter, Blacktown – in progress

Blacktown, NSW

Working in collaboration with TYRRELLSTUDIO and LYMESMITH, we are designing the THE SHELTER, a $23M animal shelter for Blacktown City Council. Our brief is to exemplify the world’s best practice in animal welfare and sustainibility. Sited within the Western Sydney Parklands, the building form sits lightly into the landscape drawing parkland views and planting into the kennel areas for the benefit of animals and humans alike. The shelter balances the highly technical requirements of veterinary spaces, on site power generation and water recycling with the need for a robust, functional and beautiful building for animals.

The main challenge for the design of The Shelter is how to change the public’s perception of animal shelters. To meet this challenge we have worked in close collaboration with landscape architects Tyrell Studio and specialist Lymesmith to ensure that the building provides a beautiful, natural aspect for the animals and humans alike. We have also undertaken inter-state and international study tours to ensure that our design is benchmarked against world’s best practice in animal welfare.

 


 

Project Team

Sam Crawford, Imogene Tudor, Anna Paton, Tom Keeley-Reid, Luke Grey, Annie Vu
In collaboration with TYRRELLSTUDIO and LYMESMITH

Client

Blacktown City Council

Project Manager

Zoe Melis – APP

Consultant Team

Acoustic: Rodney Stevens Acoustics
Accessibility: Morris Goding Access Consultants
BCA: Blackett Maguire and Goldsmith
Civil Engineer: Northrop Consulting Engineers
Contamination: Prensa
Colour: Lymesmith
Electrical and Mechanical Engineering: Evolved Engineering
Environmentally Sustainable Design: ARUP
Fire: Olsson Fire & Risk
Flood Modelling: Catchment Simulation Solutions
Geotech Engineering: Douglas Partners
Hydraulic Engineering: AJ Whipps
Landscape: TYRELLSTUDIO
Quantity Surveyor: Altus Page Kirkland
Structural Engineering: Simpson Design Associates
Traffic: TTPP
Veterinary Consultant: Renae Jackson