Peter Napier and Co

CHARTERED BUILDING SURVEYORS

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Loughborough, received the RICS East Midlands Award 2013 for Design and Innovation and also ‘Project of the Year’ and it will now go into the national RICS Awards in London in October. The project achieved a BREEAM Outstanding rating for a Bespoke building  for Design and Construction stages.

A highly sustainable new Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, which benefits from top of the range low energy technologies and design throughout, as well as achieving a BREEAM 'Outstanding' score. The centre has enhanced the local area around it, not only for wildlife and the environment, but for the people that work, live and use the centre day to day. This development is a true testament to what can be achieved through hard work and collaboration.

Having been awarded Project of the Year for the East Midlands, the project will now be considered for the national RICS Awards at the Savoy Hotel  in London in October 2013.

Astley Castle received the RICS West Midlands Award 2013 for Conservation.

With sustainability in mind the BMW was dropped in favour of a Vauxhall Ampera electric car offering between 35 and 50 miles per charge depending upon driving style and weather conditions.  The warmer the better. 1.4L petrol engine generating electricity to drive the wheels when charge runs out.  So far  averaging 100 MPG over 12,500miles.  Journeys tend to be between 110 miles and 200 miles with a mid journey part charge on 13amp socket outlet. Full charge 6 hours @ 13amp and 4 hours @ 16amp. Local journeys use no petrol at all. No road fund tax. Lower insurance. Low tyre wear. Low engine wear. Low brake wear. Lower maintenance charges per se.  Opinion after 12 months. Great car for those looking for a car in this price bracket with cheaper motoring. The way to go in the long term.

July 2012 - New Office Car.

April 2013 - RICS West Midlands Award - Astley Castle.

April 2013 - RICS East Midlands Award - Dogs Trust Loughborough.

September 2013 - Oliver Henshall MCIAT- Chartered Architectural Technologist.

After many sleepless nights and hours of preparation and evidence gathering, followed by a professional assessment interview in London, Oliver Henshall was successfully upgraded to chartered  status. This shows his knowledge and experience in detailed building design, and his ability to perform all tasks in the design and construction process in a competent and professional manner.

September 2013 - RIBA Stirling Prize Award - Astley Castle.

Astley Castle received the RIBA Stirling Prize Award 2013.  This is the most prestigious award within the field of Architecture, and its an honour to be associated, and to have worked on such a project.


Peter Napier & Co was involved in the project from the earliest stages, being responsible for the conservation and vital stone repairs to the ruins of the 12th Century fortified Manor. Once the original building was rejuvenated and made stable, it was handed over to Witherford Watson and Mann Architects, for them to design a scheme to put a new building within the ruins, and produce a design that would bring home the highly coveted award.


RIBA Stirling Prize Award.

March 2012 - BRE Award for Dogs Trust Shrewsbury

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre at Shrewsbury was named as the Building Research Establishment's Bespoke category winner in the BREEAM Awards 2012 at this year’s ECOBUILD in March. This follows the BRE's confirmation that the Centre has been awarded an Outstanding rating and has achieved the highest post construction score ever assessed under the world recognised BREEAM sustainability rating scheme. McPhillips (Wellington) Ltd., The main contractor, achieved 100% of the available credits for Management, Energy and Water Use.

BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 200,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.

A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

Matthew Taylor (Dogs Trust Property Director) said "the Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre provides an exemplar of how a clearly defined brief regarding sustainability and effective teamwork, can deliver an outstanding building in the key aspects of sustainability."

Peter Napier and Co Ltd have been working with Dogs Trust since 1994 but this is the first sustainable low energy development that they have worked on with the charity.

This practice was also involved with the Dogs Trust’s new Centre at Loughborough  which was completed  April 2012 and which achieved BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ at the design stage and on track to achieve the ‘Outstanding’ for the post construction stage..

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