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?

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 thier 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.

  • Knowledge clusters, higher education, labs, life sciences and spin offs
  • Schools and colleges
  • Healthcare facilities

  • Science & Tech Expert Panel, August 2020
  • Healthcare Expert Panel, September 2020
  • The future of University Estates webinar, September 2020

2020 – Knowledge Networks, Think Tank
2019 – ‘Best in Class? Learning from School Design in London’, Breakfast Talk
2018 – Knowledge Capital: spaces for innovation, Lunchtime Talk
2018 – Knowledge Capital: spaces for health, Lunchtime Talk
2018 – Knowledge Capital: London’s health and education estates, Half-Day Conference
2018 – VeloCity: connecting Cambridge and Oxford, Lunchtime Talk

2018 – Knowledge Capital: making places for innovation, Education and Health
2014 – Fit City
2005 – Capital Health: London’s New Healthcare Estate,

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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.
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