World of Hoare Lea. Industry involvement.


Jamie Arbon is the first person to achieve IEng through our apprentice scheme. Before joining Hoare Lea, Jamie worked as a qualified electrician and inspector. Deciding to pursue a career in design engineering, he applied for the newly introduced technician route, aimed at people with A levels or site experience to gain practical experience alongside their study; 4-days a week at work and 1-day a week at university. Having been with us for seven years, Jamie has progressed from Trainee Technician through to Principal Engineer, completing a BEng at London Southbank University and recently achieving IEng with CIBSE. A combination of site experience as an electrician and design experience at Hoare Lea gives Jamie a significant breadth and depth of knowledge across almost all stages of a project. Jamie is the first person in the firm to progress through the technician route, working with his mentor Zarna Patel to complete the scheme. He hopes to use this experience to mentor future technicians progressing through the firm.

Congratulations to Katherine Adair for achieving a part-time secondment with UK Green Building Council (UKGBC). Her role will focus on engaging with key stakeholders in the region to facilitate discussion and policy development in areas such as net zero carbon, social value, circular economy and much more.

A virtual tour

Ed Lucas recently joined Scott Brownrigg for a virtual tour of The Social Contact Pod. Together, they digitally explored the possibilities that could allow families to spend valuable time with loved ones without the risk of contamination.

Looking to the future

Ashley Bateson recently chaired New London Architecture’s zero carbon panel. They discussed the challenges we face to achieve net zero carbon, but how priorities have shifted due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Discussion and debate

Matthew Heaman contributed to a webinar held by British Council for Offices South West. Together, an expert panel came together to discuss what office design and operations could look like in the coming months.

Kao La Amani Children's Village scheme

Our work with Article 25 is continuing. Our latest project is the Kao La Amani Children’s Village scheme. This facility will transform the lives of hundreds of children that otherwise wouldn’t have access to education in a safe environment.

Power hour

Roger Macklin recently chaired a webinar organised by the CIBSE Energy Performance Group looking at responsible refurbishments. Roger has also joined a CIBSE working group on electrification of buildings to support net zero carbon.

Promoting best practice

Ian Gow has joined the British Property Federation Build to Rent committee. Alongside other members and stakeholders, he will be helping to promote best practice in this sector and discuss latest policies and trends.

Resilient futures

Tom Collins recently joined Futurice for a webinar on how cross-sector collaboration might reshape mobility for life after lockdown.

Looking at change

Saul Tyler and his team recently contributed to the British Council for Offices' thought paper. They looked at the shifts in occupier expectations, demand, and the potential government regulations on the horizon.

Important discussions

Phil Grew has contributed to 'Getting ahead. Considerations for exiting lockdown' by Revo - Retail. Property. Community. This looks at some of the potential routes businesses could consider to help them reopen and operate in a safer way.

Changing construction

Najma Dunnett contributed to Mailmanager's Changing Construction podcast, which discussed contract disputes and focussed on the challenges faced during this uncertain climate. Listen here.

Net Zero Carbon webinars

Thomas Smith has been running a series of virtual Net Zero Carbon webinars. He has been presenting them to clients to help educate them on what NZC means for the Built Environment sector and what approaches are being made in the progression towards being Net Zero by 2050.

The evolution of a healthy home

We recently hosted our first programme of online ‘Design, unleashed’ events. The healthy home: a building that breathes for body, brain and business was hosted by Mark Wilkinson. Recent events have made us value our environments more but have also identified potential flaws. With the help of our industry experts, we explored the design approaches and solutions that can improve users’ productivity, health and wellbeing. Missed these talks? Watch here.

A bright future

LightSIM© is a finalist in this year’s Constructing Excellence's SECBE Awards in the Innovation category.

Important conversations

The UKGBC has set up a up a Social Value Task Group to work on developing a definition of social value for the built environment and Yana Georgieva will be our firm’s representative. We’re looking forward to seeing the brilliant work they do.

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