For over 30 years, Alex Darvill has led a team in the veterinary industry, helping veterinary professionals and animal welfare charities design and build their ideal animal care facility.  ACD Projects’ history has included veterinary practices, referral hospitals –including large or small animal and equine, animal shelters and boarding facilities (including kennels and catteries). We also provide for specialist needs such as mixed small animal centres and shelters – whether you want a rabbitry or an aviary – universities and zoos. We create amazing buildings our clients can be proud of – each one is a flagship project for our clients and is personal to us too. 

Expertise in animal care builds

With over 300 such projects on our books, and a vast number of clients, we have the expertise and knowledge to help you renovate, expand or build your centre, no matter what size, budget, or stage of the process you’re at.  Our award-winning team can take your project through from the initial concept design phase, to completion of the construction on site – or just help you at any stage in between.  

“Bringing Alex and his team on to our project was instrumental in its success. Alex’s practical experience of veterinary fit-outs, deep experience of project management and pragmatic push to get things done was invaluable as we navigated the perils and pitfalls of our first foray into building our own clinic.”

James Hartley and Dr Jeremy Campbell The London Cat Clinic

About ACD Projects

We are fully qualified professionals with a wealth of experience in the building industry. Our full range of building advisory and design services are tailored to the veterinary and animal welfare worlds.  

Services include project management, architecture, quantity surveying, mechanical and electrical services and design.  

Every build is a landmark for our clients and for us. We take pride in our work and always strive to create positive experiences so our clients want to return to us for future builds, as a result, we benefit from word-of mouth recommendation throughout the veterinary and animal welfare world.

Our History

In 1993, ACD Founder – Alex Darvill, was first introduced to the veterinary sector when he was appointed to work on the Cambridge Veterinary School small animal wing opened by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Later, Alex was appointed as project manager on the Animal Health Trust’s The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Hospital – a project for which he was later awarded Gold in Category III of the National Building Manager of the Year, and the Trust’s new Centre for Equine Studies, where Princess Anne laid the foundation stone.

Alex loved working in this field, relishing the intricacies and specialist nature of building for animals. He formed great relationships with his clients and decided to focus on helping veterinary practices and animal welfare charities create great buildings that were fit for purpose. 

With his partners, Forum Projects was established in 1998 as part of the Forum Architectural Group. The company and its team grew in size and experience, becoming leading specialists in the sector. In October 1998 Agora Management was formed and was later rebranded to ACD Projects Ltd in 2011.  

You can find out more about the ACD Projects specialists on our Meet the Team webpage. 

Or, to see how we could help, please give us a call or get in touch using the contact form below

How we work

If you’re looking to expand, convert, renovate or build a new veterinary practice or animal welfare centre, ACD Projects can help. Our...

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Who we have worked with

We are proud of our client base and the range of projects we have completed for them. Some of...

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Meet The Team

Our Meet The Team page gives you a little insight into our staff, their experience, and their roles within...

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Awards and Accreditations

ACD are pleased to have been involved in the following projects: Overall Winner of the BVHA Practice Design Awards...

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