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pet nutrition centre, leicester


the form of the building reflects the local landscape and the materials are locally sourced.


there is a careful balance between passive solar heating in winter, and shading in summer.


building and landscaping are carefully integrated.


natural materials and forms at a human scale.


outdoor spaces are as important as those inside the building.


the planting, with aromatic herbs, is designed to add warm smells into the air.


natural paints and finishes are used throughout.


natural paints and finishes are used throughout.


space and light are in abundance.


every detail has been carefully considered.


every detail has been carefully considered.


a caring building for a caring organisation.

deadlines are important - work continued whatever the weather.

This project was completed in 2007 for Pedigree Petfoods. It is highly insulated, uses sustainably sourced materials for example in its innovative timber frame structure and is designed to maximise sunlight for lighting and solar gain, reducing fuel bills and reliance on artificial light.

There is a carefully managed heat recovery system which removes the warmth from the outgoing air and transfers it to the fresh air being delivered into the building. However, in summer, this can be shut down and the windows thrown open to allow passive ventilation throughout.

Rainwater is harvested and stored in large underground tanks for re-use. The interiors are decorated with Auro natural paints. The resulting building is an inspirational place to work, to care for animals and to bring visitors.

The surrounding landscape is designed to be fun for the people, and the pets, with play spaces, and aromatic plants to provide a sensory experience.