RockwoolHigh Rise: Is There Hope?

Tuesday 16 April, 8:30-10.00am

Rockwool, the insulation manufacturer, is hosting a debate on the future of high-rise residential tower blocks, asking whether they have a role in addressing the UK’s housing crisis and creating sustainable, safe and desirable homes, or whether it is now time to re-develop these sites?

Key questions the panel will discuss include:

  • Are the UK’s 3,500 high-rise residential tower blocks still fit for purpose as safe, sustainable and structurally-sound homes or is it time to tear them down and start again?
  • How do we take these mammoth buildings and turn them into modern homes, fit for an era of rising energy prices and radical changes to household demographics?
  • What challenges does the construction sector face in refurbishing urban tower blocks?
  • Can we overcome the negative perception of high rise social housing and make them desirable places for people to live?

Panelists Include:

  • New London Architecture (Peter Murray, Chairman)
  • Green Alliance (Hannah Kyrke Smith, Policy Adviser)
  • Capita Symonds (Tony Hutchinson, Associate Director)
  • HTA Architects (Steve Newman, Architecture Director)
  • Rockwool  (Andrew Corless, Director Refurbishment and Regeneration)

Location: Newgate Communications, 5th Floor, 33 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AS

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