MASTERCLASS | How to retrofit – think more, use less

Retrofitting is a necessity as the UK forges ahead with its plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. So how should we approach retrofitting to produce the best possible results? Civic Engineers has the answer in the latest Place North West Masterclass podcast.

Civic Engineers is a Manchester-based company with expertise in designing and delivering sustainable and innovative buildings, structures and public spaces. Current projects include Mayfield Park in Manchester, Custom House Quay in Glasgow and 318 Oxford Street in London.

Listen to the podcast to hear Civic Engineers director James Bruce divulge his three top tips for retrofits and delve into several case studies to show what his tips look like in practice. If you are considering breathing new life into a beloved building, this is an episode you will not want to miss.

Civic Engineers recently reorganised to create a parent company, Civic Life. The parent company is headed up by chief executive Stephen O’Malley and chief operating officer Julian Broster. Civic Engineers has offices in Manchester, London, Leeds and Glasgow. Last year, the engineering company boasted a £10.7m turnover, generating approximately £1m in profit.

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This episode is part of Place North West’s Masterclass podcast series, which is dedicated to sharing best practices on key topics and issues within the built environment.

In each episode, guests will share actionable insights and practical advice drawing on professional experienced gleaned over many years. Past episodes include Fairhursts Design Group explaining how to design a commercial space for science and Buttress Architects exploring how to convert a listed building.

Don’t miss a single episode. Subscribe to our series on SpotifyApple PodcastsAnchor, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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