Projects: Institutions

Birmingham Dogs Home

Location:

Solihull

Client:

Birmingham Dogs Home

Local Authority:

Solihull MBC

Plans for a new purpose-built £5 million dog rescue and welfare centre for Birmingham Dogs’ Home have been granted consent in Solihull. The new, state-of-the-art facilities will include kennel and exercise areas, veterinary facilities and a behavioural suite.

Despite being located within the Green Belt between the urban areas of Solihull and Coventry, and thus technically contrary to the Development Plan, the scheme was accepted following very little public objection. Prior to the application, which was submitted by the Practice, extensive pre application public consultation was undertaken explaining the rationale behind the scheme and the reason for the green field location.

The new facility will be on land off Catherine-de-Barnes Lane, and will accommodate approximately 150 lost and abandoned dogs, as well as providing much needed external space for exercise.

The move to the new site will greatly improve the quality of life for dogs in care as the current Birmingham centre is based in a three storey building in Digbeth. The relocation is desperately needed due to inadequate facilities and a lack of external space for exercise and training.