National Breeding Centre for Guide Dogs


A new state-of-the-art National Breeding Centre for Guide Dogs, which features extensive use of Technal’s aluminium window, door and curtain walling systems, has won its first award.


The project at Bishops Tachbrook near Leamington Spa has won the RICS Award for Community Benefit (West Midlands region). It is providing additional capacity to increase the breeding of puppies to 1,500 per annum.


The scheme comprises a series of interconnected gull wing buildings situated around a central courtyard, accommodating the centre’s dog breeding population, from the initial intake of dogs, mating, whelping, adults, puppies and the associated dog care and welfare facilities. Replacing an existing set of buildings, which dates back to the 1960s when the breeding programme was founded, it also provides public viewing areas, offices and staff living accommodation.



A Complex Range of Specifications


Each of the nine buildings on the site had a different curtain walling or window specification, resulting in a complex range of sizes, configurations and glazed units, including low E, solar control, laminated and toughened glass.


Our GEODE-MX Visible Grid curtain walling system was used to deliver high levels of natural light to the areas accommodating the dogs and puppies, and the offices. It has created shaped ribbon clerestory glazing, main entrances and other curtain wall screens, contrasting with white render, cedar cladding and profiled metal cladding and roofing.


Our FXi65 casement windows feature as both punched hole configurations and curtain wall inserts for natural ventilation.  The CD commercial door system provides the automatic sliding doors to the entrances and was set into a rebated frame for the areas housing the doors to the kennels.



Meeting Strong Sustainability Requirements


The National Breeding Centre project had to meet strong sustainability objectives to minimise its required carbon footprint.  Features include the orientation of the buildings to maximise natural lighting, rainwater harvesting for washing down kennel areas, and biomass boilers for heating. The buildings are also designed to be open plan for long-term flexibility, allowing them to be reconfigured according to the charity’s changing future requirements.



The Architect’s Perspective


Kevin Harnett, Project Architect, Broadway Malyan:


“We were looking for a range of glazing systems that would have a contemporary appearance and offer good thermal performance. We have used Technal’s products on other projects so know them to be proven systems.”


“The curtain walling, windows and doors have delivered exactly what we wanted for the project and the materials have come together very well.”



Casement Windows to Deliver Superior Thermal Efficiency


The FXi65 casement window system features curved profiles and delivers superior thermal efficiency using a 19mm flush polyamide thermal break and innovative gasket detailing to meet or exceed the revised Building Regulations.  The 65mm module will accommodate 17mm up to 48mm glazing units for wider choice to provide even greater thermal or acoustic performance.  Configuration options include fixed lights, top, side and bottom hung, tilt/turn and tilt/slide.



Curtain Walling for a Wide Variety of Compositions


GEODE-MX curtain walling is fully compatible with the FXi window suite, and can be used to create a variety of architectural compositions from a single grid system – low to high rise façades, horizontal or vertical emphasis, and ribbon, structural, faceted, beaded and sloped glazing.  GEODE-MX Acoustic for additional noise protection and GEODE-MX62 for larger glass sizes are additions to the extensive range of curtain walling options.

aluminium curtain wallingand - Images © Broadway Malyan/David Cox

© Broadway Malyan/David Cox