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BOOK NOW | Are we winning the retrofit race?

The greenest building is the one that already exists, so why are we demolishing so many? On Thursday, we dig deep into the world of retrofit at this Place North West event and ask if we are any closer to overcoming the colossal challenge of repurposing and reusing our existing buildings.

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At Sustainability in Practice: Retrofit, we are bringing together developers, architects, contractors, local authorities, and more to share best practices, lessons learned, and case studies that show the practical ways we can actually deliver retrofit initiatives at scale.

We’ll also take a step back and look at the national picture, with a session that looks at skills, funding, and policy.

The half-day conference begins with a networking breakfast 8am on 4 July at Manchester Hall in Manchester. A mix of panel sessions and presentations will follow, concluding with a lunch at noon. At Place we know how important it is to make that next great business connection, so expect a series of networking opportunities throughout the morning to meet with representatives from Fairhurst Architects, Ramboll, Placefirst, and more.

Sustainability in Practice: Retrofit is sponsored by Morgan Sindall ConstructionArup, Technal UK, and Buttress.

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What you’ll take away from the conference

  • Real-world advice on how to deliver a retrofit scheme
  • An understanding of how retrofit could drive a paradigm shift in the office market
  • Intel on the innovations in the retrofit world
  • Insight into the challenges and opportunities surrounding retrofit
  • New contacts for your business

Confirmed speakers

Joe Crolla (x)

Joe Crolla is the principal skills manager for employer engagement and insights at Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Crolla’s work involves working with key employers, sector bodies, and organisations across the city region, with the aim of building the evidence base and insights that GMCA has access to for devolved policy. He’ll be bringing this insight to our discussion on overcoming the barriers to retrofit at scale.

Kane Greenough (x)

Kane Greenough is a supply chain sustainability manager at Morgan Sindall Construction.  By collaborating closely with suppliers, contractors, and internal stakeholders, Greenough ensures that sustainability considerations are seamlessly integrated into Morgan Sindall’s operations. Utilising this know-how, Greenough will sound off on the ways contractors can work with the supply chain to achieve the retrofit results we need.

Frances Hampson (x)

Frances Hampson is an associate director at Deloitte. Passionate about retrofit, Hampson is advising on the transformation of the former Debenhams building in Manchester into a series of offices, as well as Pall Mall Court.

Rick Lee (x)

Rick Lee is an associate at Arup. Lee is Arup’s lead for retrofit for the North West and Yorkshire. He is responsible for ensuring the regional teams have the skills and offer the services required to deliver complex retrofit projects now and in the future. This ensures Arup can meet the predicted increase in demand for retrofit projects to help clients meet their climate targets and wider climate commitments.

Will LewisWill Lewis is a director at OBI. Lewis specialises in asset management, in particular adding value by improving efficiencies. Lewis will delve into the realm of office refurbishment, building upon OBI’s expertise in modernising 17 Quay Street and the Express Building in Manchester.

Fiona Lomas Holt (x)

Fiona Lomas-Holt is a director of sustainability and ESG at Turley. Lomas-Holt has 10 years’ experience in sustainability in the built environment, with particular expertise in embodied carbon and building certification.

Paul Nelson (x)

Paul Nelson is a senior architect at Buttress.  Nelson sits within Buttress’s residential team and was part of the group that restored the Ancoats Dispensary into affordable homes. He also worked on Greenhaus, the largest Passivhaus affordable housing project in the North West. Nelson will be one of the voices on our panel looking at the residential side of retrofit.

Bronwen Rapley (x)

Bronwen Rapley is the chief executive of Onward Homes. As one of the largest registered providers of social housing in the North West with 35,000 properties across the region, Onward is also committed to the regeneration and sustainability of the North West by reinvesting in existing homes and by building 400 new homes each year. Rapley will share her insight into how to enact retrofit programmes at scale for social homes.

Ian Scott (x)

Ian Scott is the group managing director of Livingway. Livingway is a residential investor and operator in the build-to-rent market. He is a chartered investment surveyor and is a real estate investment and development expert. He has been involved in more than £750m of transactions in the BTR space and primarily focuses on regeneration and conversions.

Conal Spellacy (x)

Conal Spellacy is a senior project manager at Walker Sime. He has delivered sustainable and carbon reduction retrofit schemes for local authorities across a number of buildings. He is also involved in funding communication and reporting, design, and stakeholder management. He has had a broad involvement in the project management and day-to-day delivery of retrofit and carbon reduction schemes.

Immy Sykes (x)

Immy Sykes is the operations manager at People Powered Retrofit. She specialises in operations development, human resources, and process improvement. With a background in investment banking and a passion or environmental sustainability, Immy transitioned to the retrofit sector in January 2022. People Powered Retrofit is a not-for-profit community benefit society focussed on providing householders advice and support for their retrofit projects.

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