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Decarbonisation of HE Buildings

18 Oct 2023
Main Stage

Reimagined Places - Decarbonising the University of Exeter through the Workplace 2030 programme
Helen Groves – Architect Director; Education Sector Lead, AtkinsRéalis, Dr Mike Entwisle – Engineering Director; Project Principal, Buro Happold & Helen Wallace, Head of Strategic Space, University of Exeter

Atkins and Buro Happold are working with the University of Exeter on the first six key buildings of the Workplace 2030 programme. This project brings together the transformation of Academic and Professional Services staff workplaces into collaborative, active centres of excellence, and combines this with the decarbonisation of the fabric and building services to create designs that celebrate the buildings and their users. The buildings within the project range from late Victorian to less than ten years old, creating a bank of precedents for reinventing the rest of the University’s estate.

This presentation will detail the journey of the project, including the following themes:

  • The University’s Masterplan and context
  • The background to the selected buildings
  • The stakeholder engagement process, including Atkins’ Human Centred Design toolkit
  • The ambition for maximising the opportunity for each building, and their campus context
  • The decarbonisation ambitions and solutions for both fabric and services
  • Technical solutions for Enerphit challenges
  • Design solutions for the reimagined buildings

Queen Anne an Architectural voyage of discovery Net Zero 2030
Rob Hartley Head of Estate Strategy & Carbon Reduction, University of Greenwich

Where do you start in the journey to Net Zero when dealing with ancient monuments?

Focusing on the initial study of Queen Anne part of the Royal Naval College complex designed by Christopher Wren and completed 1735.  The presentation explores the role of the client and the importance of research in unlocking the buildings hidden potential to achieve the aspiration of Zero Carbon in its future refurbishment and use.  The voyage of Architectural discovery unlocks the genius of the Wren’s design and explores the opportunities in achieving net Zero Carbon 2030 by working with not against the history of the building.


Helen Groves, Architect Director - Education Sector Lead - AtkinsRéalis
Mike Entwisle, Partner - Buro Happold
Helen Wallace, Head of Strategic Space - University of Exeter
Rob Hartley, Head of Estates Strategy & Carbon Reduction - University of Greenwich



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