As architects, Eznat’s background is in housing associations and we specialise in extra care housing – normally for humans but our work has led to us being involved in more general business opportunities and we were delighted to work on a new business venture, this time involving dogs.
Fit4Dogs is a hydrotherapy centre for canines, set up by Kirsty Skeates and her husband Mike. Their search for suitable business premises took them to Beckside Court, Beverley, and a unit previously used for storage. The building was converted by Mike, Garness Jones chartered surveyors helped with the lease and we were pleased to have secured the change of use to accommodate a six-metre by three-metre hydro pool, state-of-the-art underwater treadmill, physiotherapy area and storage space for doggie life jackets!
The concept behind Fit4Dogs is to provide a facility for Beverley and the surrounding area which offers therapy for the rehabilitation of dogs. We helped Kirsty apply for change of use of the building because it is no longer being used for industrial purposes. East Riding of Yorkshire Council was very helpful and we were able to show that there is other property in the area which is not restricted to industrial use.
Fit4Dogs hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of hydrotherapy for dogs. Arthritis is a common problem for dogs with one in three affected and the hydro pool is an effective form of pain management.
Dogs recovering from accidents or suffering from other medical conditions are also catered for, and Fit4Dogs offers therapists that can reduce the need for otherwise costly medication.
The purpose built pool is heated to between 29 and 32 degrees and has jets so the dogs can swim against the resistance and it is big enough for any sized dog. It was a real pleasure to work on the project. The business is a great addition to Beverley and we wish Kirsty and Mike the best of luck with their new venture.