Professional Development Day 2018


Date(s) - 06/06/2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Creativity in the Built Environment

Our Professional Development Day 2018 will have three seminar sessions through the day. Assemble your own learning programme from a choice of two concurrent seminars in each session.

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Registration/Tea & coffee: 08:30 – 09:30

Session 1: 09:30 – 10:50

  • A: Dave Roebuck – Facades and Fire Safety – Kingspan Insulation.
    Rainscreen and masonry façades are popular building envelope specifications, particularly in high–rise applications. Choosing the best route to compliance requires a clear understanding of the complexities, and common misconceptions, of the use of insulation in these constructions. This session examines the use of insulation in the façades of buildings with a habitable storey over 18m, and advises on how to interpret the official guidance.
  • B: Mark Warner – A client’s perspective on sustainable buildings – Leeds Beckett University.
    Leeds Beckett University (and others) own buildings that have reached high environmental/ sustainability standards, Passivhaus for Halls of Residence or BREEAM Excellent for the Rose Bowl. However, do sustainable buildings truly exist? Mark will explore five Myths surrounding sustainable buildings based on his experience of 14 years in an Estates office, using examples from the Estate. This session will encourage debate and stimulate thought on how we can change the current thinking and culture in the built environment.

Session 2: 11:20 – 12:40

  • A: David Bailey – Ashville College Sports Hall, Harrogate – DLG Architects.
    David will present a case study on the design of a striking new Sports Centre at Ashville College, with seven changing rooms, a gym, studio, Café, shop and enhanced staff facilities. The two storey modular design features a striking red box which provides a focal point for an otherwise ad-hoc collection of buildings. The building was assembled and completed during the summer school holidays, and has already been an award finalist for Education building of the year.
  • B: Alan Gardner – Gorton Monastery: conservation philosophy and rejecting standard solutions – Arcadis.
    The repair and conservation of Gorton Monastery, Manchester and the solutions developed for structural repairs that rejected the more interventionist, engineering advice. The conservation of painted decoration that is one of the largest schemes of its type, for paint of this age, undertaken in Britain. This session will highlight the philosophy and touch on issues such as tendering, planning and skills availability. The project has been shortlisted for the RICS North West Conservation and Community Benefit Awards

Lunch: 12:40 – 14:00

Session 3: 14:00 – 16:00

  • A: Rob Jackson – LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Bond Bryan
    The Villa Savoye LEGO Architecture set won Best Project at the Construction Computing Awards 2017. LEGO has been used as a medium to explain some of the core concepts and outputs of BIM underpinned by open standards and industry formats such as IFC, COBie and BCF. Th session will explain the background to the project as well as a LIVE demonstration using a number of software solutions and devices to explain how even a child’s toy can be turned into BIM!
  • B: Mark Siddall – Passivhaus principles – LEAP.
    In this fun and interactive session, you’ll dive into the world of Passivhaus, discover the Passivhaus Principles Scorecard, explore a case study, find out what worked, what didn’t and what could be done differently. Before you know it, you’ll be able to apply the right Passivhaus Principles in your project, so you can make luxury predictably affordable, build homes and workplaces your proud of …and even save the world.

Networking and Close: 16:00 – 17:00

We look forward to welcoming you on the day at Lecture theatre B and C, Level 4, Rose Bowl Atrium, Leeds Beckett University, Portland Crescent, Leeds, LS1 3HB.

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Have a look at the recordings from 2017 while you wait!

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Photo of Gorton Monastry by Pete Birkinshaw Some rights reserved