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Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC)

Project Description

Blacktown Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC) located in Glendenning is the first custom-built rehoming centre of its kind in Australia. A modern, environmentally friendly, welcoming and spacious facility based on best practice for animal holding and rehoming.

A state of the art $30 million world-class facility, first of its kind and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere can accommodate 135 dogs and 235 cats at any one time. Designed to deliver excellence in all areas of animal welfare, encompassing sustainably, high quality, hygienic, cost effective, energy efficient, and has capacity for changing needs.

Kerfoot was engaged to undertake the full design and construct of all electrical, EV charging, and Solar PV systems, including design, installation, and monitoring.

The project involved the installation of electrical services in seven buildings, including a multi-channel AV system, large reception and adoption area, staff rooms, cattery, kennels, vet support, multipurpose area, function space, and large fenced exercise yards and walking tracks for dogs. The unique aesthetic and functionality of the building provides a high-quality environment for all users while promoting animal welfare.


Specific items within the scope of this project were:

  • Site establishment
  • Electrical & Communications infrastructure.
  • Design & BIM Modelling.
  • All General power lighting & comms.
  • KNX and Casambi lighting control.
  • Emergency/ Exit Lighting.
  • New Endeavor Energy Substation (ASP1/ASP3)
  • Redesign & install of the Main Switchboards & distribution boards to suit cable reticulation of consumer and sub mains
  • Energy Monitoring System
  • Earthing System.
  • External works including on-grade carpark & exercise yards.
  • Civil Works including conduit & pit network.
  • Underfloor heating.
  • Security Fire & EWIS system.
  • Veterinary Clinic Fit Out.
  • Earthing of fencing underneath overhead easement
  • EV Charging Supply & installation of 4 Ocular IQ Series IOCAP06C22 EVC Dual Charging stations
  • Installation of 99.9kWp solar system consisting of 222 LG 450N2W – E6 NeON H 450W panels with Clenergy mounting system

Project Accolades

The redesign of the lighting system in the front reception area is a great example of our innovative capabilities. The use of light fittings and cabling along the airflow not only created a contemporary look but also improved the functionality of the lighting system. This innovative design provides a more efficient and streamlined process, enhancing the user experience, and contributing to the long-term sustainability of the facility.

By implementing smartphone technology, we were able to create a more efficient system for managing the lighting and subsequent power usage throughout the facility. This smart technology helps to streamline processes, reduce energy consumption and enhance the overall functionality of the building.

Implementing the use of geothermal energy for heating and cooling systems which helps to regulate the temperature of the kennels more efficiently and at a lower cost. This sustainable and innovative approach showcases our ability to integrate advanced technologies and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the facility.



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