Built Environment Networking (BEN) Conferences

Some of our colleagues recently attended two interesting conferences hosted by Built Environment Networking; Mills Development (Halifax) and York Development Plans (York). Linking well with the Northern Powerhouse seminar hosted by the Westminster Social Policy Forum which we attended last year, these events highlight the opportunities for capital investment projects in our northern cities. It is evident that there is a big emphasis on the redevelopment and repurposing of existing buildings and infrastructure. This is an area of particular interest to us, having worked on various regeneration and historical schemes over recent years, delivering urban design, ecology, arboricultural and landscape elements.

Our colleagues Steve Roe (Principal Ecologist, Lockington), Kate Haymes (Ecologist, York), Andrew Brennan (Associate, York), and James Dacre (Architect, Lockington) attended the Mills Development Conference in Halifax.

Mills were key in the industrial revolution, but since the decline in the textile industry, today thousands lay derelict and underutilised. Throughout the event, exciting opportunities to drive economic growth and tackle the housing crisis were explored by delegates which included mill owners, regional authorities, regeneration experts and major developers.

“I really enjoyed discovering more about Mill developments and discussing the related opportunities. It’s great to find out how these historic buildings can be given a new lease of life! Liaising with people from a breadth of different sectors and backgrounds is always refreshing and helps us keep up to date. It also allows us to show case the work do, which I’m hoping will lead to some exciting collaborations in the future!” Kate Haymes, Ecologist in our York Office

We were also proud to be the Program Sponsor at the York Development Plans conference which took place in the heart of the City of York. Andrew Brennan (Associate, York) and Elizabeth Fry (Associate Director, Lockington) were in attendance and had the opportunity to hear about upcoming schemes in the local area and were able to develop connections with fellow attendees.

As a Design and Environmental Consultancy, FPCR can assist in several aspects of the redevelopment process. If you want to explore examples of the projects FPCR have been involved in, please take a look at our extensive project portfolio or alternatively you can view the full range of services we offer.