New London Architecture

Scales of circularity: building towards a renewable London

Half-day conference

Monday 04 September 2023
09:00 - 12:00

How circular is London today? Join NLA to investigate and discover which principles we need to embrace to build towards a sustainable future.
The 2021 London Plan defines a circular economy as ‘one where materials are retained in use at their highest value for as long as possible and are then re-used or recycled, leaving a minimum of residual waste.’ In July of this year, NLA launched Circular London: building a renewable city. This report is a call to action, featuring strategies, challenges and case studies that share best practice. The projects rethink modern methods of construction, utilise tools and guidance, and make efficient use of energy and low-carbon recycled materials, while pushing the boundaries, to build a circular city. 
Construction has a vital role to play; around 40 per cent of raw materials are consumed globally by the built environment. Within London, there has been important progression towards a circular future. The Greater London Authority now requires Circular Economy Statements for all referable projects, as set out in London Plan Guidance – Circular Economy Statements issued in March 2022. How can we build upon the 2022 legislation and continue to take collective responsibility to encourage best practice and innovation within the sector?
This half-day conference will ask, just how circular is London today? We will examine this question by discussing current policies, guidance and tools. Through the exploration of flagship projects, submitted to the Circular London: building a renewable city report, we will discover how circularity and retrofit are being employed in London today. Finally, we will discuss a city-wide circular call to action – can the built environment work towards better collaboration and cultural change?

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Speaker biographies

Michael Hynd

Technical Director, AKTll

Sarah Trahair-williams

Development Manager, FORE Partnership

Matthew Morris

Circular Economy Group Coordinator, Architects Climate Action Network. Architectural Technologist, Architects Climate Action Network, Hawkins\Brown

Sukriye ‘Rae’ Robinson

Associate, SOM

Gareth Atkinson

Director, Civic Engineers

Dr Colin Rose

Strategic Advisor and Partnership Lead – Built Environment, ReLondon

Helen Newman

Director, Sustainable Investing, Fabrix

Benjamin O’Connor

Director, New London Architecture

Steven Wilding

Head of Net Zero Neighbourhoods and Green Economy, LB Hounslow., London Borough of Hounslow

Emily Gabb

Head of Strategic Partnerships, NLA

Jemilah Bailey

Head of Waste and Circular Economy Policy and Programmes, Greater London Authority

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