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Steeldor - Blue Cross Ipswich


Pets are at the heart of everything that the Blue Cross charity do. Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses arrive at their animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment.

Some, who cannot afford private vets, will need medical attention, while others will be looking for the new happy homes they deserve. Blue Cross prepares the future pet owners for their new responsibility and their behaviourists prepare the pet for their new home.

When its animal rescue centre at Felixstowe closed its doors after 40 years, the facility moved to a new 3m state-of-the-art complex in nearby Wherstead. The charity hoped that the move to the bigger site, would double the number of pets that it will could help in the Suffolk area.

The site includes new puppy and kitten areas and a veterinary clinic, these units enable the Blue Cross team to care for about 80 homeless puppies.

Specified by the Architects, Patrick Allen Associates, Strongdor’s involvement with this exciting project included the build and supply of Steeldor in various configurations for use across the site.

Built to suit specific location need, the flexible Steeldor range had to give visual coherence throughout. With solid, louvred and vision panelled doors in both single and double door-sets for fire exits and personnel doors. The variation in styles and hardware required to furnish this diverse site, made for an interesting and exciting project.

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