Animal Welfare Sanctury, Carrickfergus

OBConstruction were appointed as design and build contractors tasked with delivering an additional 40 indoor pens to the existing compound at Marshallstown Road.  With our extensive experience in delivering high end animal handling facilities OBConstruction were able to provide a cost effective solution that exceeded the design brief both in terms of quality and pen numbers.


The extension was a 210m2 steel clad portal framed building to the rear of the existing kennels.  The internal make up of the building was clearspan with 42nr galvanised steel pens to create individual housing of the dogs.  The floors and walls received specialist coverings to increase the lifespan of each and also to reduce maintenance costs.


Having considered the existing buildings carbon footprint OBConstruction provided a different approach to the structure removing ceilings and incorporating rooflights in the cladding to reduce energy costs.  This design also increases airflow and ventilation through the pens in turn reducing the spread of disease and improving animal comfort. 


Externally OBConstruction provided external pens and an exercise yard to allow recreational activities for the dog in a secure compound which is still visible to the general public.  The interface between the internal and external pens was made from a sliding door that can be operated without the need to enter the pens.

The project was carried out whilst maintaining daily operations within the existing pound.  The project was completed within budget and on time.