Reuse and life extension of existing structures e-conference
Date & Time

7 July 2021 - 8 July 2021
13:00 - 17:00 BST


Member: £155 + VAT (until 7 June)
Standard: £245 + VAT (until 7 June)

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Reuse and life extension of existing structures e-conference

Date & Time

7 July 2021 - 8 July 2021
13:00 - 17:00 BST


Member: £155 + VAT (until 7 June)
Standard: £245 + VAT (until 7 June)

Early booking discount Discounts available until 7 June

Availability Places available

An online conference providing engineers with practical tools and guidance for the maintenance and repurposing of existing structures

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Maintaining, upgrading and reusing existing structures for extended use is a more carbon efficient alternative to demolishing and building anew.  It also offers potential for cost and time savings and societal benefits.  

This conference will bring together experts to share case studies and practical guidance to help structural engineers: 

  • Identify potential opportunities for reuse and renovation 

  • Understand how to manage risk in the design process

  • ​Assess the existing capacity of a structure

  • Perform effective site investigations 

  • Adapt existing buildings beyond their original design life and meet modern demands

  • Extend the life of bridges and other civil structures 

  • Advocate for the reuse of existing structures and challenge the perception that it is a less favourable to new construction 

Day one speakers

Steve Fernandez - Keynote

Director, Arup
Steve leads a network of buildings retrofit experts around the world, sharing best practices, knowledge and skills to provide leading solutions that re-invigorate and restore value to buildings. He has extensive experience on existing buildings, including exceptional examples of ‘adaptive reuse’ which have unlocked value economically, environmentally and socially. 

Joanna Bonnett - Keynote

Vice President, COWI
Joanna’s career spans more than two decades and has involved the design of truly unique structures, collaboration with some of the world’s most notable bridge architects and engineers. She has ben involved in the strengthening and rehabilitation of critical bridge assets, including the Hammersmith Flyover and the Gade Valley Viaduct.

Tony Parasram

Director, Free4m consulting
Tony has over 25 years consultancy experience serving clients in the public, private and developer sector. He is also director of Free4m International and Free4m Lighting, bringing a unique perspective blending structural engineering, civil engineering and asset management. Tony sits on the Structural Futures and Design Practice Committees, and is Chair of the Sustainability Panel.

Fiona Cobb

Founder and Principal, Cobb and Company Consulting Engineers
Fiona is a structural engineer and author of The Structural Engineer's Pocket Book. Notable projects include The Weston Tower to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries at Westminster Abbey, the first structure to be added to the Abbey in 350 years. She has been a Conservation Accredited Engineer since 2009.

Richard Mayo

Associate, Webb Yates Engineering
Richard started his career in 2010 working in offshore design, before moving to a small consultancy where he worked in a wide range of projects. Since joining Webb Yates Engineers, Richard has lead several award-winning schemes including a CLT framed housing scheme in Peckham Rye, and Birkbeck College’s Cambridge House.

Day two speakers

Mark Tillett

Director, Heyne Tillett Steel
Mark is committed to great design and whether re-imagining existing sites or working on new buildings, he applies the true principles of sustainability; long-life, loose-fit and doing more with less. He champions the reuse of existing structures, believing that the greenest building is the one that already exists.

Chris Gross

Associate, Integral Engineering
Chris is a Conservation Accredited Engineer, interested in natural building materials and historic buildings and structures. He joined Integral in 2015 and works predominantly on reuse projects including listed buildings. Previous research includes investigating the load bearing performance of ModCell straw bale panels, composite timber framing, and hemp-lime construction.

Sulo Shanmuganathan

Technical Director, Holmes Consulting
A Chartered Civil Structural Engineer with over 30 years’ experience, she has a strong focus on developing innovative and cost-effective solutions using state-of-the-art design and construction methodologies. She proactively contributes to the development of technical knowledge within the industry and advancement of civil and structural engineering.

Franck Robert

Partner, Buro Happold
Franck is a structural engineer with 25 years’ experience bringing with him a technical focus with an expertise in commercial and mixed-use schemes and the London Market. His energy and ability to rally teams together have enabled him to successfully deliver large and complex projects; the latest one being the transformation of the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Sam Youdan

Associate Director, Buro Happold
Sam has been one of the key members of the Buro Happold team who has delivered the engineering for the Battersea Power Station project. Working on the Power Station since early 2013, Sam has led all the engineering input into the heritage and heavy refurbishment design and site works, including the successful dismantling and re-construction of the award-winning chimneys.



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