UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson to address Ecobuild 2017 at Excell, London, on March 9


University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, Jane Davidson will discuss The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act at Ecobuild 2017, highlighting the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development as a sustainability exemplar project.

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Dr Davidson will be accompanied by Paul Harries, Head of School of Architecture at UWTSD; Pierre Wassenaar, Director, Stride Treglown Architects; Chris Lynn, Partner, Troup Bywaters & Anders and Steve Nicholls, Pre-Construction Manager, Kier Group.

Dr Davidson and the panel will discuss The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act, which came into full force in 2015 and places a duty on public bodies to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales. Dr Davidson was the Welsh Government Minister for Sustainability who proposed the Act and she and the panel will highlight the work already being carried out at UWTSD in line with the Act, towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

Paul Harries from UWTSD’s new School of Architecture will explain what the Act has meant when it comes to project delivery. He will demonstrate how the university has considered sustainability in its broadest sense to include social, cultural, health and resource efficiency. This has included the implementation of cross disciplinary activities with Glass Design, Heritage and Conservation, Philosophy, History and Archaeology courses at the university and the re-use of existing buildings to maintain their integrity whilst at the same time re-inventing and transforming them for future use.

Dr Jane Davidson

Dr Davidson said: “The proof of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act will be in how seriously organisations take their new obligations and whether they use the Act as permission to think differently. Better decisions can then be taken in a collaborative way to deliver for the long term with current and future generations in mind. I'm delighted that we are having the opportunity to showcase Welsh world leading policy into local practice.”

Phase one of SA1 Swansea Waterfront development is taking shape in the heart of the city. New facilities for the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Education and Communities as well as new library facilities are being created at the prime waterfront location. The University’s vision for SA1 Swansea Waterfront is for a neighbourhood with academic activity at its core to attract companies to collocate with the University to exploit knowledge, develop skills, support existing companies and attract new investment into the region.  Working closely with employers to tackle future skills needs, it will develop critical thinking, creative problem solving, and environmentally aware, future ready graduates.

*Major brands and innovators also taking part in this year’s Ecobuild include Saint-Gobain, Medite SmartPly and A Proctor Group, with a range of keynote speeches from industry thought leaders including Lord Kerslake, chair of the London Housing Commission and Brian Berry, chief executive of Master Builders, amongst others.

Further information on Ecobuild 2017 can be found here http://www.ecobuild.co.uk/

Further Information

For further information, please email: press@uwtsd.ac.uk