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2023 Speakers
'Putting students at the heart of design and planning'

Claire Mitchell, Engagement Officer

Claire Mitchell, Engagement Officer
'Standardised Carbon Emissions Framework – designed for the tertiary education sector'

Presenting on the new Standardised Carbon Emissions Framework designed exclusively for the sector which will enable all HE and FE institutions to measure, report and manage carbon emissions.

Tim Abram, Associate Project Architect

Tim Abram, Associate Project Architect
Willmore Iles
'Delivering the Principles of Passivhaus at Scale'

The presentation will look at the fundamental principles of passivhaus, and how this design methodology can be applied at a large scale within a university campus environment. Drawing from my experience at the University of Exeter West Park scheme, which is due to start on site in July, I will talk first about the key principles that have influenced the design, how we have put those into practice, and what we see as the key benefits for adopting this approach.

I also intend to touch on some of the key blockers to a successful passivhaus project, and hope to dispel some myths around the methodology.

Andrew Osborn, Associate Director

Andrew Osborn, Associate Director
Vitruvius Management Services
'Strategic Vision and Implementation of a Framework to Achieve a Sustainable Environment for the Future of Students'

The built environment is key to strengthen student learning. This presentation addresses the impact a development plan has for updating a campus to deliver a vision into a future proof reality.

Vitruvius was appointed as development partner to Hartpury University and Hartpury College for project delivery. The case studies show how flexible learning requirements were prioritised to provide for student growth.

Matthew Taylor, Associate Architect

Matthew Taylor, Associate Architect
Sheppard Robson
'University of Salford, School of Science, Engineering & Environment Building - A Collaborative Approach to Sustainability'

The University of Salford’s, School of Science, Engineering & Environment (SEE) Building is an all Electric and BREEAM Excellent higher education science project demonstrating a collaborative approach to incorporating sustainability into a higher education science building. Exploring a fabric first, seasonal operation and innovative approaches.

The building combines 12 school directorates into one building. This merged setting encourages students, academics, and industry partners to work together and collaborate on innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects.

Gavin Finnan, Associate Director

Gavin Finnan, Associate Director
Maccreanor Lavington Architects
'Garden Halls'

With 1,200 rooms Garden Halls is one of the largest student residential developments in London.  Maccreanor Lavington worked with Executive Architects, tp bennett, to design the new principal façade that runs the full length of Cartwright Gardens and turns the corner into Leigh Street.

The challenge was to design a contemporary nine-storey facade along one side of a historic garden square in Bloomsbury opposite a crescent of listed four-storey Georgian town houses. The design takes its cues from the larger Victorian and Edwardian buildings that have been previously added to the fabric of Bloomsbury.

Peter Hazzard, Associate Director Building services, Education Sector Lead

Peter Hazzard, Associate Director Building services, Education Sector Lead
'Decarbonising HE Estates – Finding the Right Strategy'

Most new public sector projects are pushing ahead to be net zero carbon in operation, and this is filtering into the private sector, including HE. But when it comes to refurbishment or retrofit the route to net zero carbon is less clear. There is an expectation that gas boilers must be replaced by electric heat pumps, but actually the issues around embodied carbon and lifecycle carbon add complexity to this. The strategy of Fabric First with heat pumps, are not always going to be the right solution due to the upfront carbon and high capital / operation costs.

At Cundall we have already started R&D that is helping steer us towards an optimum approach, which has some surprising answers – things are not always as clear cut as they seem!

Simon Davies, Design Associate

Simon Davies, Design Associate
Aukett Swanke
'STEAMhouse: From Concept to Completion'

A look at the design process and the delivery of the STEAMhouse building for Birmingham City University.

STEAMhouse is a unique landmark project for Birmingham City University that creates an environment which fosters innovation, collaboration and learning, marrying together academia, the arts and the commercial world. This is a commercial development with a difference, where the eclectic mix of occupants, including students, artists, start-ups, SMEs and larger commercial businesses are brought together and are gently encouraged to collaborate without impacting on their independence and autonomy.

Its presence is designed to help retain talent in the city and encourage innovation of all kinds in all sectors, creating a brighter future for individuals who engage and participate, and for the city of Birmingham as a whole.

Limited complimentary places available