25 September 2020

Martinborough’s Aspect Architecture has been chosen as lead architect to design Masterton’s new animal shelter after assessment of three tender proposals received by Masterton District Council (MDC).

MDC Chief Executive Kath Ross said the council was pleased to be able to “buy local” and utilise a Wairarapa business for the project.

“We look forward to working with Aspect Architecture on what is a key piece of council infrastructure. And in this post-COVID-19 world, we are delighted to be able to have a Wairarapa-based company leading the project.

“Upgrading our current animal shelter is an important project in the council’s programme of work. The council must meet its obligations when it comes to the welfare of animals in our care.”

Aspect will utilise Therian Architects of Australia, who have specialist expertise in animal shelters, as part of their design team.

Aspect director Victoria Read is looking forward to the project.

“We are really excited to be involved in this project and to partner with Therian Architects. Their expertise will be invaluable to this project and we look forward to delivering an animal friendly building that meets the needs of both the animal services team and the community.”

The project was signalled in the council’s long-term plan, which sets out objectives for the upgrade of providing a safer, more comfortable facility for both animals and staff, allowing an increase in kennel numbers, and the addition of office space.

This includes providing facilities to quarantine new arrivals, cages of appropriate sizes, an exercise area that allows animals to be left unsupervised, including a covered space, and better security.

MDC Environmental Services Manager Terri Mulligan said the shelter would become a place the council was proud of.

“The shelter is not a place where dogs go to be punished, it is somewhere they go to be cared for.  We are looking forward to having a space with good flow, all-weather facilities, great exercise spaces, and comfortable kennels.”

Designs for the shelter are expected to finalised in the first quarter of next year, with construction expected to begin, after tendering for a contractor, in the second half of 2021.