Three HLM Experts Appointed to Sustainable Design Panel

1, December, 2009

Three expert designers from HLM Architects have been appointed to the City of Sheffield’s influential sustainable design panel.

Lucy Plumridge, associate in Sheffield, Anne Daw, who recently joined HLM in Sheffield from Atkins, and Brian Spires, director of sustainability at HLM, have all been appointed to the Sheffield Sustainable Development and Design Panel.

Sheffield’s Sustainable Development and Design Panel was set up to drive forward the city council’s ambition of reducing carbon emissions and achieving high quality sustinabel development.  The panel will review pre-application schemes and provide expert advice to the council on environmental sustainability and the urban design quality of proposals, as well as promoting climate change adaptation approaches in new developments.

The panel will encourage  applicants to bring schemes at their earliest stages of development.  It will consider and comment on major planning applications that have a significant impact on the city, and which have the potential to demonstrate best practice.  A key aim is to support and encourage well-designed, environmentally sustiainable buildings and public spaces; and secure design excellence in the built environment for both the public and private sectors.

HLM Sheffield’s director of sustainability, Brian Spires said: “With a dedicated sustainability team, HLM is committed to designing buildings that will serve future generations while having a minimal impact on the environment.  We have experience across the public and private sectors, so we know how to achieve great results within tight budgets and deliver buildings that communities will be proud of.

Joining the Sustainable Design Panel gives us the opportunity to bring sustainability knowledge and architectural expertise tothe early stages, when the most important decisions affecting sustainability are made.  The city, its residents, business community and tourists, can only benefit from such a forward thinking panel.”

HLM’s headquarters office is in Sheffield and the prctice is one of the largest in the region.

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