Materials Bank: Stone, Straw and Reuse Steel – September 2021

Join the discussion as we partner with the Webb Yates and Cleveland Steel & Tubes

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Join the Birmingham Architectural Association on Wednesday 22nd September at 5pm for the third instalment of our ‘Materials Bank’ series as we look at the uses of Steel, Straw and Stone within the construction industry.

Materials are finite, and the construction industry needs to be designing with them responsibly to avoid adverse environmental issues, including personal illness, habitat and species loss, pollution, and resource depletion. What their aesthetics, functions and carbon reductions could these various materials provide to projects. What have their previous uses been? Where and who supplies them? And many more questions answered.

The talk will be an hour long and our amazing presenters will be

Rob Nield – Associate Director at Webb Yates Engineers

Rob Nield from Webb Yates Engineers is a structural engineer with a passion for creating innovative, efficient and elegant structures having designed projects ranging from stone staircases and timber pavilions to city centre towers, railway stations and airports.

Having started his career with Arup, where he was brought up on the philosophy of ‘Total Design’ he now leads the Webb Yates Birmingham office based in the Jewellery Quarter where he promotes a collaborative and inventive approach to engineering.

Matthew Redding – Architect and European regional Co-leader for sustainability at Gensler

Matthew works for Gensler in the Birmingham office and he is the European regional Co-leader for sustainability, helping to drive sustainable strategies in project delivery and helping Gensler to achieve their carbon neutral goals.  He was also asked by the West Midlands Combined Authority to give his expertise as part of their Circular Economy Taskforce, one of WMCA goals is to influence the reduction of materials and waste on construction sites and to encourage material exchange within the built environment.

Roy Fishwick – Managing Director at Cleveland Steel & Tubes

Roy is the Managing Director at CST and employed since 1991. CST are a specialist supplier of repurposed and reused steel pipe for construction and civil engineering

Roy has spent the last 10 years lobbying and promoting circular economy through steel reuse specifically.

This is a free event but booking is essential with spaces limited.

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The Birmingham Architectural Association is kindly supported by our patron Allermuir as well as our sponsors Allgood, Altro, Ibstock, Forster, Milliken, Reynaers, SKG Kitchen Gallery and Taylor Maxwell.

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