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Achieving Decarbonisation in a Mixed Use Development – The Case Study of Carnival Place Regeneration (A 3 Part Story); Sponsored by Wokingham Borough Council

Wednesday, 16th June 2021 0930hrs – 1115hrs

This webinar will provide an introduction to the Carnival Place refurbishment scheme, a major redevelopment of a key part of Wokingham Town Centre. The scheme consists of a new multi storey carpark, combined Leisure centre and library and a new multi-unit residential development. One of the key challenges for this scheme has been targeting Operational Net Zero Carbon (NZC) status for all of the buildings, and this webinar will provide an introduction to how the council and their partners have achieved this.

The webinar is the first of three on the topic and will focus on an introduction to the scheme, providing context as to the scheme itself as well as the councils NZC targets. The panel will include council members, the councils delivery team, various members of the design and project management teams, as well as the contractors who are delivering the project on site.

With years of expertise in a variety of different areas and sectors, our panel are well positioned to give a diverse and ‘cover all bases’ overview on how to deliver a net zero carbon facility – and the audience will have the opportunity to put their questions forward.

Speakers for this event include:

Wokingham Borough Council – Gregor Murray, Executive Member for Resident Services, Communications and Emissions and Chair of Climate Emergency Working Group

After being appointed to the council’s executive committee, Gregor formalised the council’s commitment to the climate change agenda by pushing the council to declare a climate emergency with the ambitious goal of reducing the borough’s carbon footprint to net carbon zero by 2030. Since the council’s declaration in July 2019, Gregor has been leading the council’s work on tackling climate change which includes a variety of exciting projects including a green bank, solar farms, the borough first net-zero carbon building and more.

Wokingham Borough Council – Sarah Dukes, Construction Project Manager

Sarah has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Sarah joined Wokingham Borough Council in 2015 as a construction project manager. She has been working on the Council’s varied education and corporate capital projects, taking them from conception, through definition, and deployment and then transitioning the projects to handover to the end users.

RCDC – Vince Ruane, Director

Vince Ruane is the Director and founder of RCDC, a building services and sustainability consultancy. Vince founded RCDC in 2019 with the aim of delivering high quality, digitally enabled, sustainable design. In its first year, RCDC has grown to four staff, working across a number of sectors including commercial, education, public sector and advising a number of clients on how they can become Net Zero Carbon leaders within the Construction sector.


Wokingham Borough Council – Diana Tovar, Climate Emergency Strategy Officer

Diana is Wokingham Borough Council’s first Climate Emergency Strategy and Commissioning Officer. She has worked in collaboration with businesses, residents, and schools to develop the Council’s response to the climate emergency.

She has worked in environmental management and sustainability for the last 15 years. Over her career, she has advised and supported various organisations to improve environmental performance.

Wokingham Borough Council – Ian Gough, Energy Manager

With over 20 years’ involvement in the Energy efficiency / Renewables arena, Ian has been responsible for the delivery of several major projects, reducing the Borough’s corporate Carbon Emissions reductions by well over 20% and 300 Tonnes in the last five years. These projects include: multiple energy efficiency measures/upgrades to properties; the largest Local Authority roof mounted solar PV placement scheme in the whole of the South East, a behavioural change programme with schools and large home insulation schemes in the residential sector.

Faithful+Gould – Jenny Beilby, Regional Director

Jenny is a Chartered Building Surveyor whose career has turned to Project Management, and she has over 20 years experience working in construction consultancy mainly for public sector clients.  She has worked on construction projects for Wokingham Borough Council over the past five years, including school expansion programmes and the construction of Bulmershe Leisure Centre.  The redevelopment of Carnival Pool is a complex project and Jenny manages a multi disciplinary team of project managers, cost consultants and designers on the Carnival Pool redevelopment project.  In addition to her project work, Jenny manages the Faithful+Gould team in Oxford, which is a team of Cost Consultants, Project Managers and Building Surveyors.

Wokingham Borough Council – David Smith, Regeneration & Design Manager, Strategic & Commercial Assets

David has 20 years’ experience in development. He initially joined Wokingham Borough Council’s planning department in 2014, before being seconded across to the Regeneration Team some 4 years ago where he has stayed ever since. During this time David has worked with stakeholders both within and outside the Council to help deliver Wokingham’s ambitious town centre regeneration programme.

HLM Architects – Chris Mee, Architect

Chris is an associate, based in HLM’s London Studio. He has worked on projects across both public and private sectors but in recent years has worked closely with Wokingham Borough Council on schemes as diverse as nursing homes, estate & town centre regeneration, offices/workplaces and infrastructure asset rationalisation. Carnival Pool will represent one of the most significant built examples of this ongoing relationship.

MidGroup – Tom Rowson, Project Leader

Tom is a Project Leader with a broad and diverse range of experience, working across all sectors of construction with a particular focus on modern methods of construction.

Tom lives and breathes digital construction management and is an expert in leading a team to deliver beautifully built and finished homes.

He is passionate about education and development of the team. He has worked with junior members of the team, identifying training and development opportunities for all and ensures all current and forthcoming regulations are adhered to through attending industry events and working with the Sustainability and Transformation Director.

Pellikaan Construction Ltd – Richard van Emmerik, Director

Richard is a director of Pellikaan’s UK branch and has been with Pellikaan since 1996. He delivered a wide range of sports and leisure schemes within both the public and private sectors in four countries. In managing the company, he focusses on five key pillars: client care, quality delivery, people development, supply chain engagement, and teamwork. In his relations with clients, partners and staff, Richard truly embodies collaborative behaviours, building transparent relationships with all stakeholders, allowing for open communication and honesty.

He was involved in the construction of Bulmershe Leisure Centre and now supervises the Carnival Leisure Centre project for Wokingham Borough Council. Using Pellikaan’s in-house knowhow and experience with international sustainable and other technologies, Richard contributed to the design development of Carnival Leisure Centre.

09:30-10:15 Session One: Defining the issues and challenges of Decarbonisation

We will find out about the background of the project, WBC commitment to the borough, as well as an introduction to the scheme. The panel will discuss their decarbonisation targets and how they can measure such achievements as well as what the bigger picture is in terms of energy efficiency in mixed used assets.

Wokingham Borough Council; Cllr Gregor Murray, Chair of Climate Emergency Working Group

Wokingham Borough Council; Diana Tovar, Climate Emergency Strategy Manager

Wokingham Borough Council; Sarah Dukes, Construction Project Manager

RCDC; Vince Ruane, Director

Wokingham Borough Council; Ian Gough, Energy Manager

Wokingham Borough Council; Dave Smith, Regeneration & Design Manager, Strategic & Commercial Assets

10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:15 Session Two: Turning Policy in Deliverables – defining solutions and solving problems

From the importance of the settings, to the green credentials of the borough- all will be discussed in this panel which comprises of the project team who delivered this scheme.

Wokingham Borough Council; Diana Tovar, Climate Emergency Strategy Manager

Wokingham Borough Council; Sarah Dukes, Construction Project Manager

Faithful+Gould; Jenny Beilby, Regional Director

HLM Architects; Chris Mee, Architect

Pellikaan Construction Ltd; Richard van Emmerik, Director

MidGroup; Tom Rowson, Project Leader


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Wednesday, 16th June 2021

0930hrs – 1115hrs


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