Demonstration Project Open Day


More than fifty Construction Professionals from across the Midlands attended McPhillips' Demonstration Project Open Day on the 7th December 2011 at the recently completed £5.25m Dogs Trust Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre.

The Architects, Surveyors, Developers and End-Users from across Shropshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Sandwell and the Black Country were given a presentation summarising the project followed by a 40 minute exclusive tour of the centre at Roden, near Shrewsbury.  They were joined by Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council members and representatives of the PDSA, RSPCA, Chester Zoo and Telford College.  The new sustainable features were inspected including Passivhaus ventilation, Warmcell insulation, photovoltaic panels, Biomass district heating plant, rainwater harvesting and green roof.  These features have reduced energy consumption by 70 per cent over a traditional rehoming facility and allowed the centre to achieved an A+ rating for energy efficiency.
“Passivhaus” principles were used in the construction to provided excellent thermal performance, insulation and airtightness, minimising heat waste, and as a result the centre requires very little artificial heating.  McPhillips project manager Carl Ayling spoke about the development and how rigorous testing of the air barrier membrane was carried out to ensure very low air permeability and prevent heat loss through air leakage.  He praised the very successful close collaboration and working partnership with the designers, Peter Napier and Co.
It was explained how the concept called for a carbon neutral centre which is self-sustainable in its energy requirements, using bio-fuels to provide heating and generating its own electricity through photovoltaic panels.  The new buildings have been certified as Outstanding under the flagship BREEAM accreditation, being one of only a handful of buildings in the UK achieving this top level classification.
The project was endorsed as a Demonstration Project by Constructing Excellence as an exemplar of how a sustainable building should be built and to influence change in the construction industry.  Jon DeSouza, Director of Constructing Excellence speaking on the day said “Dogs Trust Shrewsbury is a fantastic example of how integrated and collaborative working leads to better sustainability outcomes on projects.”

A video was made on the day featuring Matthew Taylor (Dogs Trust Property Director), Peter Napier (Designer Napier & Co.) and Carl Ayling (McPhillips' Project Manager).