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