The AJ selects the best events to attend at this year’s Green Sky Thinking sustainability festival
Building communities & creative partnerships
Regent Street Management Direct
Friday 29 April, 8.30-10.00am, 1 New Burlington Place, London W1S 2HR
Regent Street – a world-class retail, leisure and business destination is continuing to build a strong community by partnering and collaborating with neighbours and stakeholders. Well-being plays an integral role in creating flourishing communities and can help individuals to feel happy, effective and satisfied in their roles. Well-being also helps to secure Regent Street as a location of choice when leasing space and forge deeper relationships to provide a sustainable and indispensable service for our clients and customers.
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The environmental strategy behind London’s highest public garden
Friday 29 April, 9-11am, The Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF
The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is London’s highest public garden, providing public space and restaurants at the top of the building, completed in 2014. It is an enclosed space which protects against rain and strong winds that exist 35 floors up. The environmental design brief for the Sky Garden was focused on maintaining a comfortable space 155 metres above the City of London that functions all year round, without relying on any heating, cooling or mechanical ventilation.
Given the unique nature of the Sky Garden, advanced modelling techniques were employed to assess a range of passive design solutions to ensure that occupant comfort could be maintained, without the need for expensive and time-consuming physical prototypes. This talk and tour will describe some of the challenges faced and techniques used during the design process.
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Regency Regeneration - Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park
Jestico + Whiles
Friday 29 April, 10.30-12.30pm, The Rickyard, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ
An eclectic look at the ongoing and completed projects at Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park. Speakers from Jestico + Whiles, Ealing Council and Natural Building Technologies will introduce the Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund supported scheme, with a focus on health and well-being in the context of establishing a lasting cultural and architectural legacy for the area.
The discussion will introduce the tripartite project at Pitzhanger Manor: restoring John Soane’s Grade I-listed manor house; upgrading the adjacent 1939 library building as a gallery for major exhibitions and establishing a new restaurant and event space in the walled garden. NBT will explain the science behind the choice of using natural wood fibre insulation in a retrofit context, securing the ‘health and wellbeing’ of both the occupants, exhibits and the listed gallery building.
At the outset of a programme of demolition, construction and refurbishment in and around Soane’s weekend home, the speakers will also reflect on the successful reinstatement of the Regency landscape of Walpole Park, and the new Rickyard volunteer centre. Examining the impact that the Walpole Park regeneration has already had on visitors’ enjoyment of the wider park facilities.
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The full programme of events for Green Sky Thinking can be downloaded here