Damien is Managing Director of HUB and its new low-carbon living venture, HubCap, leading the development process from acquisition and funding through design, consultation, planning, procurement, delivery through to completion. An architect by background, Damien remains passionate about design and ensures maximum value through thoughtful design, technical accuracy and efficient delivery for all of HUBs portfolio.
Hattie is sustainability editor at the Architects’ Journal and hosts the AJ’s Climate Champions podcast and is a co-author of Energy|People| Buildings (2021). Her next book MATERIALS: An Environmental Primer co-ed. Joe Jack Williams, will be published in 2024.
Wolf is Buro Happold’s Global Head of Design, Technology & Innovation. Trained as an architect and civil engineer, Wolf has led large multidisciplinary teams on some of the world’s most structurally complex buildings. In 2021 Wolf took on the role of Professor of Structural Design at the Institute of Architecture of the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Annalie Riches co-founded Mikhail Riches in 2015 to focus on providing housing and neighbourhoods that are inherently sustainable and joyful places to live. Her projects include Velocity; the winning entry to the 2018 NIC Competition for providing 400,000 new homes between Oxford and Cambridge. She is also leading on Park Hill Phase 4, and the Bridgewater masterplan in the Olympic Park.
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Developer HUB has teamed up with Archiboo to create a new competition – the Engineer Pitch. They are asking structural engineering firms to pitch creative ideas specifically focused on repurposing commercial buildings to provide low-carbon homes.
The winning engineering firm will be commissioned on a live HubCap project.
HubCap are a HUB venture who deliver low-carbon living places by repurposing commercial buildings in central urban locations. As structural engineers play a pivotal role in retrofit projects, their expertise is often required before any other consultant, taking centre-stage throughout the project. HubCap want to broaden the pool of structural engineers they work with to ensure they can access emerging ideas around new materials, new technologies and circular economy principles to reduce carbon further still.
The competition will shine a light on the critical role played by engineers in retrofit and low carbon development, giving them the opportunity to take the lead by sharing their innovative thinking with a wider audience.
More than ever collaboration and great design is essential to deliver dynamic, appealing and flexible buildings. Engineers may choose to collaborate with an architectural practice on this assignment but we hope architects will be happy to play a supporting role on this occasion.
Prepare a 3-minute presentation to share your ideas about a typical HubCap project (see Appendix*), where the key requirements are usually:
- Conversion from commercial to living spaces
- Extension to add mass to the roof or side
- Inclusion of shared amenity space
- Introduction of publicly accessible amenity to ground floor
- Heritage elements
Use the building described in the Appendix* as a springboard to showcase your firm’s best and most forward-thinking ideas and tools, for example:
- Future materials
- Re-use and recycling
- Use of technology
- Flexibility for future use
- Maintenance solutions
- Other pioneering ideas
Please note, we are looking for inspiration not calculations. Please don’t present plans. We want ideas, the more creative the better. This is about dreaming big and showing the art of what is possible with structure, both now and in the near (and even distant) future.
The judging panel will be announced shortly and will be chaired by Damien Sharkey, HUB's Managing Director.
Applying to the Engineer Pitch
If you would like to apply, please fill in the form by June 2nd
Successful firms will be contacted by email after the shortlisting stage in mid-June.
The seven finalists will present their ideas at the Engineer Pitch on July 11.
The event will take place at the Building Centre before a live audience.
To purchase tickets please go to Ticket Tailor.
A video of a recent Architect Pitch can be watched here
*The Appendix will be be sent to the shortlist. If you require the Appendix before the shortlisting stage please contact us.