Peter is an expert in Environmental Performance Assessments, including BREEAM and DREAM, consulting with clients and project teams on sustainability and environmental matters.
As a qualified town planner, he provides expert advice on planning permission, policy appraisals and preparing planning applications.
During his spare hours, Peter manages our Bristol office allotments, so don’t be shocked to see him pushing a wheelbarrow around when you visit.
Peter, what is the current big trend in sustainable design?
Health and wellbeing. A lot of companies are looking for ways to reduce their staff turnover by boosting productivity in the workplace.
This can be adjusted in so many ways, for example; the lighting you use, providing views outside to reduce eye strain, improving air quality. People also want to feel safe and secure in the workplace.
What are the key challenges that affect sustainable building design?
A lot of my work involves undertaking assessments that have been mandated by statutory authorities. In my experience, most developers won’t commission assessments unless they are compelled to.
That means many new buildings ‘slip through the net’ and aren’t as sustainable and efficient as they could be. There is often a focus on initial cost instead of longevity, but spending a little more money up front can result in a building that will last longer and will pay back that investment many times over.
Who is your biggest career influence?
My original mentor at Stride Treglown, Andrew Renshaw. I learnt a lot at university, but Andrew helped me put theory into practice and taught me the value of communicating concisely to get the right message across; a skill you can apply to everything.
I have learnt to not just tell the client what they want to hear, but also what they need to know, even if it might not please them. It’s important to be frank and truthful and to get the right information to the right people at the right time.
And finally, what is your pet hate?
Poor communication, which applies to both sustainability and planning. Receiving information at the right time is absolutely key for me to be able to do my job and when people don’t respond to appeals to provide that information it can have a massive knock on effect.
- Qualified and licensed BREAAM Assessor and Accredited Professional.
- About to re-apply for Royal Town Planning Institute Membership – former member.
- Just became a committee member of Proud Bristol; a professional networking organisation aimed at LGBT+ people.