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Wed 29/03/23, 9.30am–12.30pm
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Join us on our site visit where we will look at different approaches to the delivery of green infrastructure. Setting off from Palestra we will take in SuDs schemes in Bankside before we cross the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul’s where we will consider the success of different planting specifications. We will walk through the City taking in Aldwych and the Strand before finishing at Somerset House.

Your host for the morning will be Howard Gray from Green Blue Urban.

Note: Please ensure you are committed to attend this in-demand event before you book a place. If you would like to book onto this event, please email us to join the waiting list.

Past Event

Thu 02/02/23, 10–11.30am
Site Visit
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This visit will explore Arup’s industry-first immersive facility. It is designed to change the way designers, clients and stakeholders can experience, test and improve their designs by allowing you to understand how decisions impact the experience of a place.


10.00 Welcome with Arup, Susan May and David Edge

10.10 Divide into Group A and B tours (40mins each)

11:30 Q&A and Finish

Past Event

Wed 01/02/23, 10am–12.30pm
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A discussion on how we can best approach fire safety requirements for buildings.

This session will be held online.

Past Event

Tue 01/11/22, 10am–12.30pm
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Understanding the different aspects of evaluating Net Zero Carbon home design for planners and clients with practical application for your day to day work, in partnership with the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

Led by LETI representatives Chris Twinn, Principal, Twinn Sustainability Innovation and Zoe Watson, Sustainability Specialist, Levitt Bernstein and facilitated by Penelope Tollitt.

9.45 Registration

10.00 Welcome and Introduction to Net Zero Carbon Home Design

  • Why do we need to ensure development meets Net Zero Carbon requirements? Exploring what we need to look from a planning and client perspective, Chris Twinn and Zoe Watson
  • Q&A

10.45 Workshops

  • Delegates have the choice of three groups to explore how net zero carbon design is achieved:

Group 1 - Masterplan/design code

Group 2 - Design review, desktop review forums

Group 3 – Desktop review of scheme drawings

Facilitated by Chris Twinn, Zoe Watson, and Urban Design London

Comfort break

11.30 Feedback and Discussion

  • Learning insights from the different groups and discussing how to apply these to our day to day work.
  • Looking at sustainability expertise, both what people are currently doing, the pros/cons of in house verse external expertise and how to approach procurement.

Facilitated by Chris Twinn and Zoe Watson

12.15 Wrap up and close

Past Event

Thu 13/10/22, 10am–12.30pm
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For the visit we will tour this Housing Design Awards winning scheme with designers RMA Architects. We will explore how the development responds sensitively to the surrounding context with a mix of apartment blocks and a housing terrace along a new street.


10.00 Introduction with UDL and RMA Architects

10.30 Tour of the scheme, Mark McGechan (RMA Architects)

  • Project design, planning and delivery process including the liaison developed between the architects, the GLA and LB Newham.
  • The scheme in context – access, views, spatial relationships, height and massing, nature, boundaries, features and materials.
  • Spatial and place making relationships within the scheme – storage, facilities, outside spaces and recycling/refuse. We will include particular focus on the place making qualities and practical working of the new street.
  • Internal design – common parts, privacy, daylight, visual connection, aspect, storage and ventilation.

12.00 Finish

Past Event

Tue 12/07/22, 10am–12pm
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We will be hearing both client and architect perspectives of this innovative Housing Design Awards shortlisted mews housing scheme on a highly constrained site, providing a community of courtyard homes with a shared garden at their centre.

Past Event

Fri 08/07/22, 11am–1pm
Site Visit
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During the year we will visit exemplary housing as well as street and public realm projects. The locations will be decided nearer the time.

Past Event

Mon 23/05/22, 11am
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We are delighted to offer this site visit kindly hosted by LB Camden and Architects Hawkins\Brown. The scheme has an innovative mix of both retrofit and newbuild and is the largest Passivhaus scheme in the UK. We will hear about the vision underpinning the scheme and discuss the placemaking, building design and energy performance.

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