Guide Dogs UK Breeding Centre
Sunken, brick built
Charitable organisation Guide Dogs UK breed friendly, intelligent guide dogs that are specially trained to help people with hearing and sight difficulties retain their independence.
The charity’s new build breeding facility, the National Breeding Centre (NBC), is based in Warwickshire and offers a modern environment for the enhanced welfare of its dogs, staff and volunteers.
In order to provide a more sustainable centre and cut carbon emissions, Guide Dogs UK undertook the building of the NBC through construction firm Morgan Sindall. The new larger building provides high tech facilities, better animal welfare and allows for more puppies to be bred and trained each year.
Rural Energy, contracted through Hilton Building Services Ltd, designed, installed and commissioned a 500kW Herz BioMatic for the new centre. With specifications for wood chip fuel, our Technical Design team detailed a sunken fuel store to accommodate tipped wood chip deliveries.
The store contains a 6m diameter hinged arm agitator which moves wood chip onto the auger, conveying it to a climbing screw which transports the fuel into the Herz boiler in the adjacent plant room.
With the project being part of a new build site there was adequate opportunity to earmark a purpose built fuel store and plant room to sufficiently provide heat and hot water to the site.
The centre also has rain water harvesting, making this site truly sustainable.