Civic Trust Praises CPW for its work on St Giles Hospice

Leading environmental building services consultants’ Couch Perry & Wilkes (CPW) has been commended for its work at St Giles Hospice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, by the prestigious Civic Trust.

The Civic Trust Awards recognised the work carried out by all the project partners at the Hospice’s new £8.5 million Compassus Centre, which was designed by KKE Architects and opened in May 2010. 

Working with KKE, CPW used its environmental engineering expertise to design and deliver a range of sustainability elements to the project.  .

Simon Seaton-Smith, CPW’s Director led the environmental building services works at the 27-bed facility and said: “It is an absolutely stunning piece of architecture and we were thrilled to be part of it.”

“The fact that it has been recognised in the celebrated Civic Trust Awards is testament to the hard work carried out by everyone involved in the project.”

The citation for the award reads: “The newly constructed Compassus Centre provides outstanding hospice accommodation designed around a split-level layout which makes full use of the sloping site whilst keeping as low a profile as possible.

“With high levels of natural light, wide corridors, open spaces and materials carefully and sensitively considered for patients, visitors and staff, no detail has been overlooked in terms of general accessibility.”

The Civic Trust Awards were launched in 1959 and are one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe. They recognise the best in the built environment, from architecture to planning and townscape to infrastructure.

“Our winners are not simply architecturally advanced, exciting, innovative or striking,” say the Awards’ organisers, “they are also of benefit to their local community, and we strive to ensure that every entry is assessed by a local person, whose role is to canvass and represent the views of the people who use or see the scheme as part of their environment.”