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Developing in Heritage Cities

  • BuroHappold Engineering 230 Lower Bristol Road Bath, England, BA2 3DQ United Kingdom (map)

The Future Economy Network is happy to announce we will be co-hosting this event with our subscribers BuroHappold Engineering. We will welcome subscribers Integral Engineering Design, BuroHappold Engineering & Architype to speak at this event!

Claire Thomas, Director & Margaret Cooke, Director at Integral Engineering Design will be talking about From Archway to Apex. Developing in a UNESCO World Heritage city like Bath presents unique challenges from the elegant Georgian architecture and Roman remains to the thermal waters in the ground.  In this talk, Margaret Cooke and Claire Thomas from Integral Engineering Design present two very different projects.

Archway, named after the 19th century archway constructed to transport thermal spa waters, is a new learning centre for the Roman Baths and a World Heritage Visitor Centre for the city. A challenging conservation project, structural additions and alterations need to respect the existing building fabric and Roman remains.

In contrast, Apex City of Bath, is a new build hotel.  Pioneering the use of post-tensioned concrete in Bath, the foundations of the building had to avoid infringing on the thermal waters that flow beneath the site.

Together the projects demonstrate the realities and sometimes tensions in maintaining the balance between preserving Bath’s unique history and securing its future.

Polly Upton, Senior Architect at Architype presentation will be about developing in heritage contexts provides challenges and opportunities on a number of different scales from buildings to landscapes, and for differing client needs. In the past few years Architype has been developing a its expertise working in the archives and museums sector and will present two of these projects.  

The Mappa Mundi and Chained Library building at the Grade 1 listed Hereford Cathedral houses and exhibits nationally significant artefacts. After 20 years of use Architype have been undergoing monitoring and analysis of the buildings internal environment to assess and its performance against current national guidance and to propose alterations to make its environmental performance more resilient. 

The Large Object Store at the Imperial War Museums is a proposed new build storage facility within the Duxford Airfield Conservation area, a nationally significant heritage asset. This project highlights some of the challenges and opportunities of designing in a context where the significance of the heritage asset is not necessarily immediately apparent. These contrasting projects demonstrate Architype's analytical and context lead approach to design and how this can be successfully implemented in the most sensitive and historic sites. 

Nicholas Trowles, Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering will be discussing 'Bath Abbey Footprint Project'. With parts of the Abbey dating back to the 16th Century, significant renovation projects have been undertaken in recent years in an effort to secure the future of this historic building. The BuroHappold Engineering team has been working with the Abbey on their Heritage Lottery Funded Footprint Project to replace the collapsing floor as well as upgrading the existing Victorian heating system with a sustainable solution, powered by the thermal springs, that Bath was built around.


07:45 - 08:00 - Registration and coffee

08:00 - 08:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:10 - 08:30 – Claire Thomas & Margaret Cooke, Integral Engineering Design

08:30 – 08:50 – Polly Upton, Architype

08:50 - 09:10 - Nicholas Trowles, BuroHappold Engineering

09:10 - 09:20 - Q&A

09:20 - 09:25 - 60 Second Pitches

09:25 - 09:30 - Close

09:30 - 10:00 – Networking and breakfast

Get to know our speakers!

Margaret Cooke, Director, Integral Engineering Design

Margaret is a director of Integral Engineering Design and a Conservation Accredited Engineer.  She has 25 years experience in restoring and reusing heritage buildings ranging from Wells Cathedral to Victorian factories.

Claire Thomas, Director, Integral Engineering Design

Claire is also a director at Integral.  Her experience is primarily in new build which includes major retail, residential and education developments on existing city centre sites in London, Oxford and Cardiff.

Polly Upton, Senior Architect, Architype

Polly is a Senior Architect at Architype where she has worked for 10 years, recently completing a MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation. Polly has a passion for working with historic buildings and has worked on a number of heritage buildings and new builds in historic contexts.   

Nicholas Trowles, Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering’s Sustainability and Physics team. He studied architecture before moving into building services engineering and then sustainability with the aim of helping to reduce the carbon footprint of our buildings, both new and existing. He specialises in energy modelling optimisation, and sustainable mechanical system design.


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