New London Architecture

Education & Health

Development in London’s education and medical buildings

London is uniquely positioned within the Golden Triangle, the region that connects the capital to Oxford and Cambridge. Together this area is home to the greatest bioscience cluster in Europe and home to five world leading universities. With a strong and growing knowledge economy sector, how do we make sure we plan and design the right spaces for high tech, life sciences and innovation that will lead the UK economic recovery in the future years? What will be the impact of the changes proposed in the planning system on innovation districts?
With the fast-changing healthcare sector, also due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, what are the key priorities to deliver healthcare buildings that showcase best practice in design, health and adaptability?
And with the education sector also heavily disrupted by the pandemic, with online learning becoming the new norm - albeit temporarily - how will schools re-think their spaces to maximise the learning experience for pupils?
This year-round programme brings together the built environment sector to discuss the future needs of the education, healthcare and knowledge economy sector.


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Please scroll down to view both the Health, and the Education Expert Panels.

Health Expert Panel

Mark Rowe, Principal, Penoyre & Prasad
Mark works across a variety of sectors but has always maintained a direct connection with healthcare projects. As we move into a post-pandemic future, he is particularly interested in how we can create wider resilience across our built environment beyond the specifics of COVID. He believes that the promised new London healthcare estate must embrace advances in technology, culture, spatial and urban design which it has too often eschewed in favour of narrower functional concerns and notions of efficiency.
Benedict Zucchi, Principal, BDP   
Benedict has developed a particular reputation for innovative design of children’s hospitals, a lineage that continues with the commission for a major new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin. This 165,000m² facility has a strong affinity with the landscape approach developed at Alder Hey and the aspiration to give the hospital a new identity that draws patients, families and staff together and acts as a strong but flexible backbone to the extended user engagement process.  
Charlotte Ruben, Partner, White Arkitekter 
Charlotte's expertise has been developed through many years of realizing healthcare projects. She was Head Clinical Architect for the new extension of Karolinska Huddinge and one of the Lead Architects behind the pioneering New Karolinska Solna project in Stockholm. Today she is a part of the team behind Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. As Head of White´s Healthcare Design Network and a member of the evaluation committee of European Healthcare Design Congress she is well orientated within this knowledge platform.    
Edith Blennerhassett, Director, Arup
Edith is a chartered building services engineer with over 30 years of experience in the design and delivery of complex projects with ambitious goals for technical excellence and sustainability.
Most recently she has been the Director responsible for the €890m New Children’s Hospital currently under construction in Dublin. Edith strongly believes that the best outcomes are achieved by having shared goals and close collaboration between Client, Design and Construction teams.
Edith is committed to using the UN SDGs as drivers for change in the built environment.
Jane Ho, Principal and Director of Health, HKS
Jane Ho is a Principal at HKS and Director of Health in the firm’s London office. Jane focuses on developing the integration of concept and functionality and how people experience health care facilities. With over 17 years of experience, Jane enjoys seeing a project through from the initial briefing and concept design stages, to project construction and delivery. Jane believes that unlocking the user’s journey is key to successful, thoughtful and innovative healthcare environments. She designs with sensitively for future flexibility and adaptability, developing better buildings for a holistic user experience.
Jonathan Martin, Director of Inward Investment, LB Waltham Forest
Jonathan is a Chartered Surveyor and his current role focuses on securing Inward Investment across the borough of Waltham Forest. He is working effectively with both existing and new investors/funders, developers, landowners and their advisors - both within the public and private sector. This is to promote investment opportunities including helping to create new homes and jobs, regeneration schemes, business and employment growth, as well as work closely with London wide, regional and international agencies that support economic growth
Justin Harris, Global Healthcare Deputy Lead, IBI Group
Justin is an Architect and Global Healthcare Deputy Lead from IBI Group, a global technology driven design company. With over 20 years of healthcare experience across the full spectrum of projects, Justin has recently been working with NHS England on their Healthy New Towns programme, leading to strategic health and wellbeing campus developments with NHS Trusts. Justin is interested in the manner in which healthcare is supporting both inside and outside of hospital walls. 
Simon Hodson, Head of Land and Development, JLL
Simon was formerly Head of Land & Development at JLL leading on some of London’s largest land transactions, regeneration and land assembly including Canada Water, Nine Elms and Meridian Water.  
Since the beginning of 2020 Simon has taken the lead on JLL’s UK Later Living and Healthcare business, focussing on better social outcomes from development, in recognition of increasing longevity. Utilising Simon’s significant exposure to the land, planning and development market, JLL is looking to help change the traditional thinking of retirement in later life, and instead promoting inter-generational living and age appropriate homes. Simon recently completed an Exec Msc in Cities at London School of Economics.
Sara Grohmann, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios         
Sara heads up our Urban Design and Healthcare teams and enjoys a long-established involvement in residential projects and urban masterplanning.
Her many successfully completed projects include The Point and the Frances Gardner Student Housing scheme for UCL. More recent projects include the masterplan, new residential buildings and secondary school for the Britannia site for Hackney Council, the masterplan of Church Street Public Realm for Westminster City Council and the masterplan and new Outpatients building for St Mary’s Hospital in London.
Colin Boyd, Design Director, Bouygues UK
Colin has been involved in the design and delivery of complex projects in the Healthcare and Science sectors for the last 20 years as both an Architect in practice and as a design lead for a major Design and Build Contractor.   Within Bouygues UK he now leads the preconstruction design activity for these sectors with recent project activity including University College London Hospital  Phase 4 and Proton Beam Therapy Centre, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Evelina 2 and the new Ray Dolby Centre, Cavendish Laboratory for Cambridge University

Education Expert Panel



Ben Martson, Director, Jestico + Whiles
Ben Marston was a graduate recruit to Jestico + Whiles, offered a fortnight of temporary work whilst deciding what to do after college. More than two decades later, he co-leads the practice’s education and workplace teams and has been involved in many key projects in both sectors. He believes in the social agenda of architecture, particularly in education design, to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He is currently working on school projects both in the UK and overseas.
Ian Goodfellow, Principal (and Director of Architecture), Penoyre & Prasad
Ian has over 20 years expertise in education design and is the practice's Higher Education lead, working currently with UCL, Brunel University, Wolfson College, Oxford, and University of Nottingham.  As Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) he is very involved in research and debate on the impact of Covid on HE design, and leadership around the carbon zero campus. Ian talks regularly at conferences and delivered the keynote address at Sydney’s 2019 Old School/New School Forum on the future of education design.
Marta Galinanes-Garcia, Director, AKT II
Marta is design directors in AKTII and a member of the UK’s Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) – an independent association involving 12 universities throughout London. Marta is working on a diverse range of projects but has a particular interest in education projects and offers unmatched strategic insight into London’s education market. Marta’s experience covers the full education bandwidth from singular school developments to flagship university buildings and estates programmes.
Ann Dalzell, Building Services Engineer, Arup
Following a degree in building services engineering, Ann joined Arup as a mechanical engineer in 1987. She has worked on projects in many sectors from commercial at the beginning of her career, through infrastructure, arts and culture, education, science and is currently working on a project that combines them all. Ann has always promoted low energy design in buildings and is now working with clients to help them set net zero pathways for their buildings, both existing and new. She also co-leads the Education Sector for Arup Buildings London team.
Jessica Mailey, Architect Associate, BDP
Jess has 16 years’ experience designing education environments for BDP’s London studio.  She specialises in the co-ordination of architecture and engineering disciplines to achieve effective integration of design and execution of projects. Her experience of managing complex developments involving multiple stakeholders and environmental considerations is highly regarded in the industry. Jess has a collaborative approach and a passion for designing sustainable, educational and progressive environments, with students and teachers in mind. She has led interdisciplinary teams on a variety of major projects in diverse settings, including UNESCO world heritage site.
Rachel Moulton, Senior Architect, HKS
Rachel, an Education Leader at HKS has a passion for school design and a firm belief that a learning environment has a direct impact on the performance of both pupils and staff. Throughout her career, Rachel has worked with numerous schools, trusts and councils to help them create their new buildings, improve their existing estate and create all new campuses. Her portfolio encompasses primary schools through to FE specialist colleges, with a wealth of experience in SEND schools.
Katherine Watts, Senior Architect, John McAslan + Partners
Katherine is a leading member of the Education and Culture team at John McAslan + Partners, delivering some of the Practice’s most esteemed education projects. Katherine has wide-ranging experience in leading design teams for complex projects: Her work is distinguished by seamless blending of old and new. Katherine is currently leading the transformation of the former Osney Power Station into a new residential centre for Saïd Business School at Oxford. She recently completed two new award-winning buildings for St Paul’s Girls’ School in London.
Lalage Clay, Director, Education and Talent, London & Partners
Lalage Clay leads the Education and Talent team at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official business growth and promotional agency. The team works to attract international students to London’s universities, and to attract and retain high quality talent to London’s businesses. Lalage trained in consumer marketing with Unilever and has worked in advertising, management consultancy and professional services. She spent nine years as head of communications at the Tech Partnership, before joining London & Partners in 2017.
Mat Oakley, Head of Commercial Research, Savills
Mat Oakley is head of Savills' European commercial property research department. He leads a team of research professionals who cover all aspects of commercial property research in all key markets throughout Europe. He authors all of Savills Higher Education Spotlights, and has recently written papers on universities paths to carbon neutrality, and post-Covid real-estate strategies. He regularly presents at conferences on UK, European and global property market trends.
Judy Raper, Dean and CEO, TEDI-London
Professor Raper has been Dean and CEO of TEDI-London since 2019 after an extensive career in executive roles at universities in Australia and the national Science Foundation in the USA. She has been recognised for her contribution to academia and engineering by:-   the Ada Lovelace Award (2018); recognition as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) (2019); named as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, and named by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s 10 Leading female Engineers. 
Alan Ollier-Thompson, Head of Skills, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Alan works in economic development and regeneration having completed a Masters Degree in Local Economic Development specialising in skills, vocational education, employment and the labour market. He has broad experience in the public and private sectors serving at board level as director and head of economic regeneration services. In 2015 Alan was seconded to the Greater London Authority as senior policy lead to the Mayor on skills, employment, SMEs, the London Living Wage and the London Enterprise Action Partnership. 
Darren Connolly, Technical Director, WSP Ltd
Darren is a Building Services Engineer at WSP with over 30 years’ experience.  He has covered a wide range of sectors in this time and has been fortunate to work on some of the UK’s most iconic buildings.  With a keen interest in Retrofit and the benefits this brings to existing education building stocks; Darren’s passion is delivering efficient, sustainable solutions for clients and improving the wellbeing of the occupants who use them.
Douglas Inglis, Director, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Douglas is a qualified architect with over 20 years of experience. He has wide-ranging experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams on technically challenging projects across the education, housing and cultural sectors. Douglas began his career in New York before moving back to London in 2005 where he joined Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. He studied architecture at the University of Wales and completed his Part 3 professional studies at The Bartlett School of Architecture in 2011.
Angela Mitten, Director, Estates & Campus Operations, Royal College of Art
Angela Mitten is Director, Estates & Campus Operations at the Royal College of Art, where she is senior lead for property and facilities management. Ang has extensive professional expertise in managing global property portfolios for international NGOs and charities such as Amnesty International and the British Council, where she was accountable for over 300 holdings in 113 countries. She has led asset management and estate strategies in the UK and internationally, focussing on innovative educational projects delivering new teaching centres, exams facilities and schools.
Bruce Glockling, Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Southwark
Bruce Glockling is the Head of Regeneration for the London Borough of Southwark. He has more than 30 years senior management experience as a technical and education client working for the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Southwark. He has been responsible for the planning and design of many new schools in all three London councils. He was the BSF Project Director for Wandsworth Council, including the 2015 Stirling Prize Winning Burntwood School. More recently he also led the primary school expansion programme for new schools in Southwark.
Bruce has extensive experience on development, planning, briefing, construction and design across all sectors. He is keen to promote good design and recently led the creation of a new Southwark/LHC Architects framework. As a volunteer Bruce is also a school governor and keeps up date on all education matters.
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