Feline Groovy

The London Cat Clinic in Bermondsey brings out architect Gort Scott’s feline side


Designed by Dalston-based architect Gort Scott, The London Cat Clinic in Bermondsey incorporates a full-operating theatre and lab as well as a range of diagnostic imaging facilities. The clear aesthetic of the clinic reflects the client’s approach to veterinary medicine and maximises the potential of the modest space. Glazed internal screens and translucent polycarbonate panels bring light deep into the plan, providing hints of activity, while the use of colour reinforces the new company’s identity by highlighting key features.


The reception area features decorative timber and white laminate panels applied to blue-painted walls. Bespoke birch plywood joinery subdivides the space. The scheme is driven by a consideration of the welfare of both feline patients and their owners, and works hard to ensure that both are at ease by including bespoke elements such as integrated ‘cubbies’ which cats can explore. The site, a shell and core commercial unit before the works, sits within Southwark’s Bermondsey Spa Masterplan which, since 2002, has guided a significant redevelopment and regeneration.

Fiona Scott says: “The London Cat Clinic is the second specialist cat clinic that we have designed for an independent practitioner with very different values from the large chain and franchise vet practices. This is a new vet practice, which has the experience and the welfare of the animal and its owner at heart. This was an important driver for the design, informing the appearance and the sequence of spaces. It is great to see independent businesses such as The London Cat Clinic, reinvigorating this exciting bit of Bermondsey.”

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