The London Cat Clinic

Designing from a cat’s perspective; a new clinic in the heart of Bermondsey

The London Cat Clinic - Vet Working With White Cat
The London Cat Clinic - Consult Room 01 Option 01
The London Cat Clinic - Consult room 01 Option 03
The London Cat Clinic - Consult Room 01 Option 02B
The London Cat Clinic - Consult Room 01 Option 02
The London Cat Clinic - Consult Room 01 Option 01
The London Cat Clinic - Consult room 01 Option 03
The London Cat Clinic - Consult Room 01 Option 02B
The London Cat Clinic - Consult Room 01 Option 02




The London Cat Clinic is the second specialist cat clinic that we have designed for an independent practitioner with very different values from the large chain and franchise vet practices. We worked carefully alongside our client to refine a sequence of spaces that would improve and streamline their day to day working practices facilitating new kinds of interaction between the veterinary staff and their feline visitors.

The London Cat Clinic, Operating Theatre
The London Cat Clinic, Operating Theatre
The London Cat Clinic, Black Cat
The London Cat Clinic, Black Cat
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 04
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 03
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 01
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 02
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 04
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 03
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 01
The London Cat Clinic - Waiting Room Elevation Option 02
The London Cat Clinic - Existing Site
The London Cat Clinic - Existing Site
The London Cat Clinic - Construction in Progress
The London Cat Clinic - Construction in Progress
The London Cat Clinic - Entrance Reception
The London Cat Clinic - Existing Site
The London Cat Clinic - Existing Site
The London Cat Clinic - Construction in Progress
The London Cat Clinic - Construction in Progress
The London Cat Clinic - Entrance Reception
The London Cat Clinic -  Reception Glazing
The London Cat Clinic -  Reception Glazing Construction
The London Cat Clinic -  Reception Glazing
The London Cat Clinic -  Reception Glazing Construction

The brief to develop an existing commercial unit required us to carefully and efficiently plan a variety of different yet interconnected clinical spaces around a series of complex site constraints. Due to the deep footprint and subdivision between rooms, glazed internal screens and translucent polycarbonate panels were used to bring light deep into the plan and provide hints of activity from the practice’s public facing areas. To maximise the potential of a modestly sized unit, we focused our efforts on the detailed design of integrated joinery, to improve the function and efficiency of each space, for staff and clients alike.

The London Cat Clinic - Main Materials Sample
The London Cat Clinic - Bathroom Materials Sample
The London Cat Clinic - Main Materials Sample
The London Cat Clinic - Bathroom Materials Sample
The Cat Clinic - Reception Desk Front
The Cat Clinic - Reception Desk Back
The London Cat Clinic - Entrance Reception Axo
The Cat Clinic - Reception Desk Front
The Cat Clinic - Reception Desk Back
The London Cat Clinic - Entrance Reception Axo
The London Cat Clinic - Entrance Reception
The London Cat Clinic - Reception Desk Front
The London Cat Clinic - Microscope and Reception Glazing
The London Cat Clinic, Doctor Looking Through Microscope
The London Cat Clinic - Clinic
The London Cat Clinic - Door Closeup
The London Cat Clinic - Clinic Desk
The London Cat Clinic - Bathroom
The London Cat Clinic - Street Frontage
The London Cat Clinic - Entrance Reception
The London Cat Clinic - Reception Desk Front
The London Cat Clinic - Microscope and Reception Glazing
The London Cat Clinic, Doctor Looking Through Microscope
The London Cat Clinic - Clinic
The London Cat Clinic - Door Closeup
The London Cat Clinic - Clinic Desk
The London Cat Clinic - Bathroom
The London Cat Clinic - Street Frontage
The London Cat Clinic - Cat on Scale
The London Cat Clinic - Cat on Scale

The public facing elements of the practice draw parallels with retail design and modern bespoke pharmacies. In this way, the waiting room opens itself up to the street, creating a welcoming and homely frontage along the entire length of the building. The building’s central axis creates a visual link from the public entrance, all the way through to the vast central preparation area and new full height glazing to the rear of the building. In addition to this, colour is used throughout to creatively reinforce the new company’s identity and provide a refreshing contemporary take on an ordinarily clinical environment.

The London Cat Clinic - Cat on Stool
The London Cat Clinic - Cat On Shelf
The London Cat Clinic - Cat Climbing Down Shelves
The London Cat Clinic, Vet with White Fluffy Cat
The London Cat Clinic - Vet with Cat
The London Cat Clinic - Cat on Stool
The London Cat Clinic - Cat On Shelf
The London Cat Clinic - Cat Climbing Down Shelves
The London Cat Clinic, Vet with White Fluffy Cat
The London Cat Clinic - Vet with Cat

It’s the realisation of a dream. The great reaction from everyone who has visited the clinic reaffirms my belief that we have created something unique for the cats of London and beyond.

Dr Jeremy Campbell, client and advanced practitioner in feline medicine at The London Cat Clinic
The London Cat Clinic - Vet with Blonde Cat

Further information

Data

Location
Bermondsey, London
Project type
Workplace and learning
Status
Completed, 2012
Floor area
242m2

Credits

Client
The London Cat Clinic
Gort Scott Team
Jay Gort, Fiona Scott, Paul Wild, Sarah Cook
Collaborators
Planning Potential (planning consultant), ACD Projects (QS, building services and specialist veterinary consultant), Bolt and Heeks (contractor)
Photographer
Angus Leadley-Brown Jim Stephenson

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