London Launch Event 2010

Facing up to Rising Sea-Levels


The Building Centre, London, 14 January 2010


RIBA Building Futures and the Institution of Civil Engineers launched their joint publication in January at the Building Centre, to an invited audience of engineers, built environment professional, stakeholders and the national media. The event brought together the key players in the team responsible for producing the publication, and enabled a detailed presentation of its key case studies and applications. Speaking at the seminar were Dickon Robinson (Chair of Building Futures), Ben Hamer (Chair of ICE Steering Group), David West (Studio Egret West, Head of Project Steering Group), Nick Hardiman (Environment Agency). Responding to the proposals were representatives from both Hull and Portsmouth-

Programme & Audio

Welcome and Introduction
Dickon Robinson Chair RIBA Building Futures
Outline to the work of Building Futures and its programme, the motivation behind the publication and the aims of the seminar.

Setting the Scene
Nick Hardiman Environment Agency
Outline of the situation facing the UK currently, rising sea-levels and areas at risk of flooding.

Document Outline
Ben Hamer & David West ICE, Studio Egret West- Building Futures Steering group.
Ben and David talk through the document, detailing the approaches taken and the case studies chosen.

Response from Portsmouth
Brett Davies Head of Planning, Hull.
Hull responds to the document.

Response from Hull
David Wilkes ARUP
David Wilkes speculates on how Hull might respond to the document.



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