World leading sustainable building


The Building Research Establishment (BRE) have today confirmed that McPhillips' project to re-develop the Dogs Trust Shrewsbury Rehoming Centre is the first building in the world to achieve the highest BREEAM Bespoke rating of Outstanding and is one of only six projects in the world to achieve an Outstanding certification across all BREEAM categories.  This includes the highest construction phase score ever awarded under BREEAM and the final score of 94.44% puts the Centre firmly in the top echelon of the world's most sustainable buildings.

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.

Rachel Shore (Senior Sustainable Design Consultant) said of the award "this an excellent achievement and is all down to the dedication and collaborative approach taken by the project team...the score has increased from the design stage due to McPhillips' waste management practices exceeding the initial design targets, and no credits were lost from Design through to Post Construction."