- Environment & Infrastructure
- Strategic consulting
- Specialist consulting
- The Living City
- Happold Consulting
14 including myself and five PHD students
Tottenham Hotspur Football stadium – we’re looking at the energy efficiency of the site. The client and the local Mayor want to make sure the stadium has a low energy rating.
Well we’re looking at Smart technologies and on site renewable energy sources.
We’re assessing comfort and conditions for spectators, how to adapt the stadium to work more efficiently on non match days, lighting that responds to movement and the air quality.
No not really ¬– I’m more of a rugby fan. Football wise my team are Kilmarnock – they play in the Scottish Premier League. However I’m currently supporting Spurs!
Well we’ve got lots going on. We have a BREEAM assessment of the Sochi Winter Olympics to complete and are designing an innovative roof on Samba Bank HQ in Saudi.
This is a project we’re working on with Fosters + Partners. We’re going to use waste cooling from the building along with solar panels to provide energy. It’s a first for roof innovation.
Yes we do. They have come from Brunel, Loughborough and Bristol Universities and they’re working on some really cool research projects.
One person is looking at behaviours, i.e. how people react to the buildings in which they work or live or play.
Yes from our research we’ve seen that you can design the most efficient building possible but unless people know how to use or to get the best from it, it will never fulfil its efficiency potential.
Another student is looking at retrofitting a 1950’s house to Passivhaus standards. Another is looking at the embodied carbon of buildings, starting right at the beginning of the process looking at construction materials and specifications.
Yes, they do. They add so much to our knowledge – we’re able to introduce cutting edge technologies and methodologies into our work and we hopefully then recruit the students into the business.
Well the UK government is trying to incentivise business in their new “Green Deal” package by providing loans to finance energy improvements. Unfortunately I think the interest rates will be too high to make it viable.
I think there should be more mechanisms in place for landlords – domestic and non domestic – to be able to improve their buildings. The government should then give them a tax break. That would be a good start.
We need to integrate and combine all energies; there is not a single source that could fulfil our energy demands. We then also go back to behaviours... looking at how we convert energy, use and move it to the best advantage. I think we’ll see massive improvements to our buildings but this needs to be done in conjunction with teaching people how to work with their buildings.
I’d really love to work on a large energy city, designing cyclical infrastructure whereby any waste that is generated supplies another system and so on. It’s called Industrial Ecology – it’s been done in Denmark in a place called “Kalundborg”.