Friday, September 21st, 2018
GSPCA & DLM Architects launch design and build campaign for new GSPCA Wildlife Hospital.
DLM and the GSPCA are delighted to showcase the proposed designs for the new GSPCA Wildlife Hospital.
Having worked with DLM previously the GSPCA approached David De La Mare to help design a much-needed new Wildlife Animal Hospital. DLM understand the limitations the GSPCA face with their existing building stock, much of which is requiring significant investment to ensure it is fit for purpose. The team at DLM have created a design that will meet the current and future needs of wildlife on the island.
David De La Mare Director DLM Architects said “As a chartered architecture practice we have a responsibilty to design buildings that have a positive impact on our natural environment through sustainable intervention. This can range from thermal performance, energy consumption, building materials, planted walls and roofs, and aesthetic appearance to the specific use of the building. The proposed wildlife centre will allow the GSPCA to work more efficiently and cope with the increasing demand on injured wildlife in a purpose built space giving the animal the best chance of recovery and integration back to the wild. DLM Architects is a team of animal lovers and whilst we enjoy designing a building within a detailed criteria for the benefit of our local wildlife, it is also very rewarding to show our support for the great work done by all at the GSPCA.”
“The design has evolved primarily from the requirements of the brief, isolating various species within suitable zones and necessary room size in relation to the duration of treatment required. Consideration has been made to minimise ongoing maintenance costs, centralise storage, administration and cooking facilities, and reduce the trauma of moving the wildlife to and from the relevant zones. The overall form has been developed to respond to the topography and orientation of the site, locating treatment rooms to the outskirts of the footprint where the wildlife will endure less disruption from the central circulation space. We have also considered how fundraising can be integrated into the design and construction of the building and these ideas will be launched a little further into the project.”
Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "The GSPCA are hugely grateful to DLM Architects who have listened and understood our requirements and turned them into this wonderful design. We believe this much needed purpose-built Wildlife Hospital will enable us to meet the growing demands of wildlife on our island.”