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2021 Speakers

‘Sustainable development – reusing and regenerating existing buildings for flexible teaching space’

Natalie Sarabia-Johnston, Director & Founder, Southgate & Sarabia Architects Ltd

Sustainability is still a hot topic, with ever increasing needs to provide the best education facilities in the most sustainable and efficient way. I would like to discuss how two derelict, grade 2 listed mill building complexes, have not only been developed to provided flexible teaching space, but they have been the catalyst for regeneration on two difficult development sites, in Nelson and Burnley.

By re-using existing buildings and re-purposing them, this leads to more than just the re-use of bricks and mortar, it helps kick start regeneration, bring people, jobs, community and economic sustainability.

‘Education – where does MMC fit?’

Stephen Wightman, Regional Director – MMC Lead, Faithful + Gould

‘Modern Methods of Construction’ (MMC) is a wide term, embracing a range of offsite manufacturing and onsite techniques that provide alternatives to the traditional building approach. From bathroom pods and flat panel systems through to 3D modular units, and encompassing all types of materials, an MMC approach brings a myriad of benefits so it is no surprise that uptake has increased significantly over the last few years. The critical question in housebuilding is… where does it fit. Taking into account the various tenures, we will be exploring the MMC typologies, showing you examples of how and where we are delivering these schemes, and the benefits that an MMC approach is delivering.

‘Designing future ready buildings & estates – putting health & wellbeing first’

Jerry Tate, Director, Tate+Co Architects

Most educational organisations recognise the climate emergency and are rethinking their estates, both in terms of existing buildings and new developments. Getting to zero carbon is an opportunity to re-think our relationship with the built environment and create places that improve the health and wellbeing of all. Jerry will look at the overlap between sustainable development and the potential to make our learning environments better places to learn, teach and live in.

‘Procuring and designing a Passivhaus office in the higher education sector: perspectives from client and engineer.’

Catherine Fleming, Project Manager, E&FM, Loughborough University, Stephen Gallacher, Technical Director, Qoda

SportPark Pavilion 4 is an extension to an existing 3 pavilion BREEAM Excellent commercial office development, located in the University’s science and enterprise park. Initially briefed to be “approaching Passivhaus” it quickly became apparent that to get the right building and requirements the University would need to commit to Passivhaus accreditation.  The projects development offered both challenges and opportunities and a steep learning curve about the realities of developing and building a Passivhaus project.

The project aims to create 2000sqm of Cat A office accommodation for commercial let.

‘Delivering Exemplars’

Patrick Watson, Partner, 3PM

3PM have been fortunate to have delivered a number of exemplar low carbon schemes, from the multi-award-winning Enterprise Centre for UEA to an eco-village campus wide strategy to our current world first low carbon retrofit scheme for UoC.

Each scheme has developed both our technical & practical understanding of low carbon delivery resulting in a project route map that has been trialled on a number of recent schemes.  We will put these schemes in context of the low carbon agenda, highlight the lessons learnt concluding in our route map for delivery and demonstrate just how making small changes in approach we can lead the required mindset shift to delivering our low carbon future.

‘Integrating Carbon Reduction Targets in Masterplanning’

Jennifer Juritz, Head of Environmental Design, David Morley Architects

Sustainability in all its forms is now more important now than ever.  Responding to increasing climate and biodiversity concerns, the UK Government has pledged for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and created a ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green industrial Revolution’.

Legislative updates underway include higher energy efficiency requirements in the Building Regulations and the Environment Bill, with priority areas of air quality, biodiversity, water and resource efficiency, and waste reduction.

The need for action to address environmental issues is also increasingly reflected in public opinion.

These trends, with implications for land management, building projects and associated procurement activities, present both opportunities and challenges to navigate when engaged in strategic planning.

Referencing examples from David Morley Architects portfolio of master planning work, Jennifer will present reflections on how Low and Net Zero Carbon targets may be integrated with wider estate development initiatives.

‘Nature Inspired & Nature Friendly Learning Environments – ‘THINK NATURE’’

Debbie Flevotomou, Founder, CEO & Head Architect, Debbie Flevotomou Architects Ltd

Imagine the home of learning of the future. An educational centre that is carbon neutral and it also produces energy; a place that cares about students, staff and the visiting public by providing an environment that reduces stress levels, increasing productivity, creativity and self-reported wellbeing and boosts learning. An environment where every unit of space is utilised. A place where personal space is highly valued and communal areas are catalysts of fusion of ideas. A space that learners, teachers and staff look forward to experiencing every day.

This is an exciting presentation about the perfect learning centre, its architecture, its environment and what it consists of.


‘Considering the wellbeing of young people through design’

Samuel Da Silva Resende, Architect/Associate, Haverstock

This talk will focus on young people, aged between 4-16, with autism and the need for their environments to reflect and accommodate their wider wellbeing. We will look at a recently completed project, Forest Bridge School and how the design for the young people, who have a greater need for a variety of internal and external spaces, and how the design can further influence the future of schools and places of learning.

Limited complimentary places available