26 September 202318:00 - 20:30 BST
Online and at The Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL
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There are many good reasons to reuse our existing and historic buildings: cultural significance, a sense of place, high quality workmanship and materials. We can also quantify the carbon already embodied in our building stock and set that against the alternative of demolition and rebuild. But reusing existing buildings brings with it challenge, compromise and a degree of engineering judgement.
Using examples, this talk will look at the practical realities of repurposing existing buildings: how we know what we are working with; how we might address and resolve some of the challenges. It will also consider some of the cultural shifts needed to make reuse the norm rather than the exception.
The lecture is open to anyone and may be of particular interest to:
Margaret is a Conservation Accredited consulting structural engineer working primarily with existing, listed or derelict buildings. She is one of the founding Directors of a practice of 25 based in Bath and London with projects throughout the UK. She won the IABSE Milne Medal in 2021 for her work in existing buildings. In particular, she advocates ‘listening to’ the building and understanding its strengths and weaknesses. This way a design can generally be discreet and gentle but bold where design flair adds real value.
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