Facilitating collaboration for optimum performance from teams and buildings

10:10 - 11:00

Effective collaboration can achieve building performance outcomes which are far greater than the sum of their parts. This session showcases some truly exemplary case studies of collaboration at its best and examines lessons learnt and key pointers on how collaborative teams can achieve outstanding building performance.

Case study 1: The Enterprise Centre

The Enterprise Centre at UEA had one of the most demanding sustainability project briefs ever written including:

70% bio-renewable materials; local supply chains; Passivehaus and BREEAM Outstanding and low embodied energy. This case study outlines how collaborative working and a client side management structure enabled this challenging project to be delivered and will cover:

  • Advantages of adopting a single point delivery method & a collaborative working methodology 
  • The Enterprise Centre: examining the demanding and innovative nature of the design brief
  • ​Proven methods to maintain collaborative working
  • ​How did the ‘Radar’ tracker help to manage risk?
  • ​What are the key results in terms of building performance a year after hand over?

Presented by Professor John French, CEO, Adapt and Project Director of the Enterprise Centre

Case study 2: VolkerFitzpatrick cross-disciplinary training programme

Why did VFL choose to train their entire Building Division in the “black art” of building services?

  • How was the course constructed?
  • What were the key aspects of the course?
  • What were the learning outcomes?

Presented by Ted Pilbeam, Building Services and Sustainability Director, VolkerFitzpatrick


  • What can fully collaborative teams aspire to achieve – and how?
    • What are the roles & behaviours which are pivotal to drive collaboration?
    • How do we promote innovation and new ways of working?
    • What are the emerging models which support the right outcomes?
    • Are building services engineers involved early enough in the design process?
    • Do other construction professionals fully understand the importance of building services?
    • Ensuring optimum output for the client
    • Ethics: designing what you’ve been asked to design; delivering professional advice to clients
    • Why don’t we change our silo-based education to encourage collaboration?


    Robin Nicholson CBE RIBA Hon FIStructE Hon FCIBSE, Partner, Cullinan Studio, and Convenor of The Edge

    Format: Two short case studies, followed by facilitated debate, to include questions and comments from the audience



  • Ted Pilbeam Building Services and Sustainability Director - VolkerFitzpatrick  
  • Robin Nicholson Partner - Cullinan Studio, and Convenor of The Edge
  • John French Professor, Chair in Enterprise and Sustainability. Chief Executive, Adapt Low Carbon Group - University of East Anglia


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