Established in 1964, the Animal Welfare League (AWL) operate the state’s largest animal shelter at Wingfield, as well as a Shelter at Edinburgh North, caring for approximately 10,000 cats and dogs each year. Built in 1975, the existing shelter and vet clinic were now sub-standard and not fit-for-purpose, so they approached Kennett about the redevelopment opportunity, based on our good relationship and previous projects. This is the third consecutive project to be undertaken by Kennett as part of the overall AWL redevelopment masterplan.

Project Detail/s

The transition from a shelter into an Animal Care Centre is a significant milestone in the history of the AWL and for the future of animal care in SA. Project details include:

  Modern state-of-the-art veterinary facilities and improved adoption opportunities;

  Improved greenspaces for exercise, training and rehabilitiation;

  Fear-free designs and colour palletes to reduce stress for animals in care;

  Standards that are compliant with global guidelines set by The Association
of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) and SA Dog and Cat Management Act;

  Australia’s first Animal Care Centre that has full fire protection with an
advanced sprinkler system;

  Sustainable features such as solar power and double glazing;

  Improved safety for staff, volunteers and customers, as well as increased
parking for the community.

Construction Details

  Structural steel frame with Bondek upper slab

  Various façade systems consisting of brick veneer, CFC / aluminium and steel cladding metal roof

  Extensive framles glazed areas

  Vetenary facilities including imaging requiring x-ray sheilding systems

  Vast sound proofing and attenuation


  Site contaimination and in-ground obstructions

  Extensive staging to accommodate client operations

  Budget constraints

  Extensive value management exercise


  Maintaining access and services to AWL occupied areas during construction


  Architectural build with high quality and finishes throughout.

  Successfully delivered on time and within budget.

  Reinforced excellent relationship with client and consultant team, after this third consecutive project delivery for Kennett as part of the overall AWL masterplan.


Gavin Fillmore – Construction Manager

Piotr Rzad – Project Manager

Jason Zub – Contract Administrator

Michael Agresta – Site Manager

Lane Sherman – HSE Officer

Sean Rendell – Estimator