New London Architecture

Rescue Mission: Unlocking Stranded Assets


Tuesday 21 November 2023
18:30 - 21:00

A panel discussion organised by Max Fordham, hosted by NLA, to explore the options for unlocking stranded commercial assets through retrofit and environmental design.
London’s office market contains an odd duality. On the one hand, demand for office space is incrementally growing, but on the other hand vacancy rates in certain areas of the market are nearing all-time highs. 

The government’s 2050 net-zero strategy and corporate ESG targets on leased buildings are working to nudge those who own and occupy commercial buildings to think about their decarbonisation roadmap. Almost 10% of London’s office stock has an EPC rating of F or G, and delivering the improvements required in a way that stacks up for owners, occupiers and the environment is a significant challenge.

Sharing insights gathered on major London projects, this panel discussion in front of a live audience will seek to identify best practices that can be broadly applied and identify bottlenecks which may be limiting progress. The discussion will cover a broad range of topics and explore questions such as how long does it take before there is economic payoff following deep retrofits, and are there buildings that cannot be rescued? 


18:30   Arrivals & Networking

19:00   Welcome from Chair
              Federico Ortiz, Head of Content at NLA

19:05   Panel discussion and Q&A 
              Phil Armitage, Director at Max Fordham 
              Rachael Owens, Architect & Head of Sustainability at Buckley Gray Yeoman   
              Sascha Lewin, CEO at W.RE
              Andy Haigh, Director of Climate Positive Solutions at Grosvenor 
              Kelly Harrison, Director at Whitby Wood 

20:15   Networking

21:00   End

Speaker biographies

Federico Ortiz

Head of Content, NLA

Sascha Lewin

Chief Executive Officer, W.RE

Kelly Harrison

Director, Whitby Wood

Andy Haigh

Director of Climate Positive Solutions, Grosvenor

Rachael Owens

Architect & Head of Sustainability, Buckley Gray Yeoman

Phil Armitage

Director, Max Fordham


The London Centre, 
3 Aldermanbury, 

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