WELL Worth It?

The commercial case for wellbeing in buildings: How it creates value

‘Wellbeing’ is no longer a luxury. It’s the competitive edge that attracts the best talent, meets the expectations of the next generation of workplace leaders, affects investment value, creates tenant and buyer demand, and improves productivity.

In Birmingham, on Wednesday 11th September, Hydrock is hosting a seminar and panel debate to examine just how influential an investment in wellbeing can be and to ask: who needs convincing?

What our speakers will be talking about

Chris Bowie-Hill, Technical Director, Building Performance Engineering, Hydrock

In a high-energy keynote speech Chris will argue that an investment in wellbeing is an investment in any organisation’s biggest asset – their people. He will talk about the environments that are proven to have an innate impact on how we react and feel and will state that the millennial generation will no longer stand for sub-standard built environments.

Anna Parker, Founding Director, Intervention Architecture

Anna will examine how to create value socially and behaviourally from investing in existing buildings. With a particular focus on the residential sector, Anna will explore the interventions that can be made to revive existing structures even on a minimal budget.

Professor Kathryn Moore, Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University

By redefining the landscape and creating a future vision, Kathryn argues that we can define our culture and identity. Kathryn will examine how the landscape can be used to instil pride and confidence and how major infrastructure can bring social, economic and environmental benefit.

Jo Lancashire, Design Manager at Estilo Interiors

Jo will talk about the profound impact the WELL accreditation can have on our workplace health, wellbeing and productivity. She will explain how achieving WELL principles proves investment and commitment in the wellbeing of your workforce, and how theory was put into practice for national law firm, Freeths.

When and where

Date: Wednesday 11th September, 2019
Time: 17.30 – 20:00 drinks and canapes on arrival, kick off at 18.00hrs. Seminar includes panel Q&A
Where: Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA

Space is limited therefore registration is vital. You can register your interest below.

Speaker profiles

Chris Bowie-Hill, Hydrock

A leading authority on the commercial case for wellbeing centric-designed buildings, Chris led the design of the brand new, multi award-winning, naturally-ventilated, UK Hydrographic Office headquarters, and Aurora, a 95,000 sq ft Grade A office building in central Bristol − the only BREEAM Outstanding building outside London. Chris is a director within Hydrock’s Building Performance Engineering business.

Anna Parker, Intervention Architecture

Anna leads a young boutique design practice in Birmingham with a focus on participating with the community as a tool for architectural design to create a socially sustainable regeneration strategy of enhanced local identity and attachment to place. Anna has been a national RIBA ‘Rising Star’ and locally her team are renowned for the ‘Writer’s Coach House’, a refurbished live-work studio.

Professor Kathryn Moore, Birmingham City University

Kathryn’s bold vision and proposals to create a National Park in the West Midlands, to span seven cities, is a clear demonstration of her teaching and research which challenges architecture, planning and urban design. Kathryn is Chair of the pilot HS2 landscape guidelines and has a key role redefining the relationship between landscape, culture, health, community and governance within the Birmingham region with respect to HS2.

Jo Lancashire, Estilo Interiors

Jo is a design manager at Estilo Interiors and part-time lecturer for the local university. WELL AP Certified, Jo is a creatively driven champion of the industry, upholding its value given any opportunity. She prides herself in pushing the creative boundaries of potential wherever possible, demonstrated most recently through her work on the unique new workspace for Freeths, addressing both current and future needs whilst investing in employees.