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Published in Events on 07/03/2017

Fitout Conference 2017: Wellbeing at the Heart of the Fitout


CNI Editor reports

The WELL Building standard has gathered momentum Stateside over the past three years, however, the first building to gain WELL accreditation in Europe –  One Carter Place, London ( located opposite St Paul’s Cathedral ) received its Gold Level certification just last autumn. With a number of people here in Ireland looking to train as ‘Accredited Professional’ (WELL AP) with the International Well Building Institute (Washington), there is definitely growing interest within Ireland in this new building standard programme.

The morning session of Fit Out Conference 2017 will be chaired by Ann Marie Aguilar, Director UK/EMEA Client Relations for the WELL Faculty at the International Well Building Institute (IWBI), Washington DC. Ann Marie is a New York trained architect, who is now based in London, who works as an associate director (sustainability) with Arup in tandem with carrying out her duties for the IWBI.

To get the inside track on WELL Certification in Practice, we will be joined by Ben Allen, Principal, Studio Ben Allen, London (architect) and Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner, Cundall (client) to discuss the One Carter Lane, London, project, the international headquarters of engineering firm, Cundall.

Cundall seized the opportunity to pursue WELL certification for the fit-out of its 15,400ft2 London office, to create a practical expression of the company’s long-standing focus on sustainability and wellbeing. The achievement was made possible by the close collaboration between Cundall and lead architect Ben Allen of Studio Ben Allen, London.

In their conference presentation, both architect and client will give their perspective on how they worked through the details of this new building standard and successfully applied its features in a short design period.

Other very interesting speakers at this year’s conference include Oliver Heath, an industry expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design and leading exponent of biophilic design. Oliver has presented TV programmes on architecture  since1998 for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and Norway’s TV2.

Research has demonstrated how the use of biophilic design can help create more restorative, recuperative and energising environments in many building types, such as schools, homes, hospitals and offices. Oliver will discuss how biophilic design seeks to strengthen our connection with the natural world.

Andrew Howley of Dublin-based MCA Architects will talk about his direct experiences of working on Fit Out briefs for Hi Tech and media clients, including Facebook and Twitter,  that incorporated Wellness part of their brief.

Dr Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning, DIT will inform delegates on the key factors that ensure Wellness is at the heart of DIT’s new Grangegorman Campus.

The afternoon session will go beyond Wellness to focus on general current and future trends by sector. The three keynote presentations will address trends in office/workplace; retail; leisure & hospitality. The afternoon session will be chaired by Justin Treacy, director, RKD Interiors.  Speakers will include – Conor McCabe of Henry J. Lyons, Michelle Hetherington DJI Consult and John Henry Boyle of 21 Spaces. The afternoon session will be capped by a ‘Future Gazing’ panel discussion.

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