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Retrofit Meets: Estates

Wed 28 Jun 2023, 6-8pm

Retrofit Meets is an in-person series of panel events that connects people through themes and topics relevant to the deep retrofit of homes at scale. Produced as part of Retrofit 23 and taking place on Wednesday evenings at the Building Centre, this series showcases research and ideas on the residential retrofit challenge. The panels feature guest speakers presenting a project or provocation, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Join us for these thought-provoking sessions and meet and share with others involved in the retrofit puzzle.  

A series of three presentations from architects and engineers looked at deep retrofit at scale in our London estates: 

  • Mellis Haward, Archio: “Becontree Model House - co-designing retrofit solutions to the largest housing estate in Europe. Mellis is joined by Amandeep Singh of Be First
  • Harrison Symonds, Proctor & Matthews Architects: “Masterplanning the Carpenters estate for an evolving community” 
  • Gareth Atkinson, Civic Engineers and Linda Thiel of White Arkitekter: “A provocation for the Great Estates”  

The session was c
haired by Laura Broderick, Commercial Partnerships Manager at the Building Centre

About our speakers 

Mellis Haward is a Director of Archio Architects leading a number of housing and community projects, including the London Community Land Trust project in Lewisham, and Angel Yard intergenerational co-housing in Norwich, with TOWN. 

Harrison Symonds is an Associate at Proctor & Matthews and has worked on a variety of projects from strategic master planning exercises in South Thamesmead, to designing and detailing individual buildings including a flagship office for Homes England in Northstowe.   

Linda Thiel is a Partner and Architect at White Arkitekter and the founder of their London studio. Over twenty years, her work has embodied a Scandinavian approach to designing homes and neighbourhoods to meet the growing challenge of urbanisation.

Gareth Atkinson is an engineer and urbanist directing Civic Engineers’ London studio. He leads civil and structural engineering for projects ranging from the sustainable retrofit and extension of existing buildings to large-scale regeneration and public realm improvement schemes.  


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