Monthly Archives: March 2019

‘Re-imagining Timber’ symposium speakers announced - 06-03-2019

The ‘Re-imagining Timber’ symposium, part of the Forest of Fabrication exhibition and events programme, has announced its speaker line-up which includes renowned makers, academics and architects including:

– Amin Taha, Groupwork
– Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects
– Alex de Rijke, dRMM
– David Venables, American Hardwood Export Council
– Professor Pekka Heikkinen, Wood Program Aalto University
 Johannes Rebhahn, Wiehag

The symposium will explore pioneering research and development into the manufacture and use of timber; view the latest innovations in the design of timber structures through award-winning project case studies and discuss ‘what next for timber architecture?’

Registration will open at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. The talks will conclude at 6.30pm with a networking drinks reception and a tour of the Forest of Fabrication exhibition by co-curator Alex de Rijke. The full symposium programme will be announced next week.

If you would like to book your place now, visit the Building Centre’s website.


The Design Council has launched a new design series ‘Better Places: Places That Make Life Better by Design‘. Better buildings and places take the health and wellbeing of people into consideration, can bring the community together, facilitate long term behavioural change and transform lifestyles for the better. The series explores those places and buildings where design has contributed in improving people’s overall wellbeing.

We are delighted the Design Council has chosen Maggie’s Oldham to be the first building in the series.  The case study talks about Maggie Keswick Jencks, the founder and inspiration for the Maggie’s Centres; how we approached the design with five key factors always in mind –
human connection, pleasure, overcoming fear, comfort and access to information; and interviews with the people who use the centre discussing the hope and support it brings.

Steve, who began using the centre in early 2018, said “I walked through the door and it was almost like an epiphany. I just thought what a beautiful place. I needed to be here. You’ve gotta get that fear out in some way. Maggie’s became an antidote for me when I desperately needed it.

I genuinely feel that if I hadn’t have found this place I’m certain my recovery would have been different. This place will always mean something to me for the rest of my life. It’s magical really. It’s hard to put into words but there’s a chemistry about this place and it just worked for me. And I know I’m not the only one that feels this way.”

To read the case study visit the Design Council Better Places series here.

MIPIM 2019 - 01-03-2019

We’re really looking forward to attending MIPIM this year. 

Sadie, Jonas, Patrick and Nicola will be in Cannes from 12 – 15 March and have some great meetings, events and talks organised, including: 

On Wednesday 13th March Sadie will be speaking on:
London Stand at 10:30 – 10:55 – Shared visions: collaborative delivery
The session focuses on how a collaborative approach and a joined-up vision from the start of a scheme can lead to a better outcome for all stakeholders and, ultimately, Londoners.

London Stand at 14:30 – 15:00Town Centres 2050: Is there a future beyond retail and do communities have a role in shaping London’s town centres?
The session explores the potential impact of new technology and infrastructure on how we live, work, shop and play; and whether these trends are being taken into account in the planning and development of new regeneration projects.

UK Government Pavilion at 13.00 – 13.45 – Manchester Airport: Fulfilling the potential of one of the UK’s greatest growth corridors.
The session examines the potential of the Liverpool to Hull growth corridor and the significant momentum that the Northern Powerhouse has gained with over £100bn of planned investment.

and on Thursday 14th March both Sadie and Patrick will be speaking:

MIPIM Conference, Beige Room – Palais 3 at 15.15-16.00 – Infrastructure: Transforming the City
Sadie is chairing the session which will examine and discuss the different types of infrastructure vital for the creation of future Smart cities.

Radisson Hotel, The Esterel at 08.30 – 10.30 – Structural Timber Association (STA) Breakfast Seminar (invite only)
Patrick is speaking at the STA seminar on the challenges and opportunities arising from the recent change in legislation on combustible materials.

Sadie, Jonas, Patrick and Nicola are really looking forward to catching up with so many of our clients, collaborators and friends whilst at MIPIM. If you’d like to organise a meeting with them email