Friday 24 April 2020

Can we safely refurbish high rise buildings?


Bob Stagg - Conisbee

Nick Hufton - Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Jon Pagan - IFC Group

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am



Bob Stagg

Bob  graduated from City University in 1977 with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked in the structural engineer's office in the London Borough of Brent, where he was involved with new build design and the regeneration of many existing council properties including high rise housing blocks such as the large Bison Wallframe estate at Chalkhill.


He moved to Building Design Partnership in 1987 continuing his involvement with appraisal, repair and refurbishment of existing buildings of all types and ages but particularly the high rise residential estates in Newham and south east London in general, including Ronan Point just as it was being dismantled.


In 1997 Bob joined Alan Conisbee and Associates, continuing his focus on remedial and refurbishment projects including historic buildings such as the Royal Albert Hall and some of the housing stock in Islington, Southwark, Thamesmead and many other locations.


He has a particular interest in the issue of disproportionate collapse, large panel system (LPS) buildings and structural safety in general.  He is also interested in buildability issues, the practical aspects of how buildings perform throughout their life and the environmental issues associated with refurbishing buildings rather than demolition/rebuild. 


Bob had a long association with the Institution of Structural Engineers at national and local levels, having served on their council and various committees.  In the 1990s he lectured on a number of CPD courses on assessing existing buildings during the 1990s and co-authored two of their publications including “Appraisal of Existing Structures (2nd and 3rd editions)”. 


Nick Hufton
Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Nick is qualified as an Architect and Project Manager and has been Managing Director of Shepheard Epstein Hunter since 2017.  He has almost 30 years’ experience in architectural projects at all scales from small scale extensions through to large scale masterplans, with a strong emphasis on community focused and sustainable design.


His most recent residential projects include a community led masterplan for a 1970’s estate in Milton Keynes and the delivery stages of East City Point, a development of 649 homes in Canning Town, including the innovative LABC award winning Atrium Building, which presented a number of unusual acoustic design challenges.

John Pagan
IFC Group

Hugh is a director of the Fire Safety Engineering section of IFC, having recently joined the business after a long career in the insurance industry. He is a Chartered Fire Engineer and has over 25 years experience in the fire safety and insurance industries.

Hugh is an interviewer for Chartered Engineer membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers, having held that status himself for more than 20 years. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham.


Hugh’s role in IFC is to provide technical expertise and leadership as the Company develops a wider client offering to encompass fire risk management including asset protection and business resilience as well as life safety.

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