What is it?

The most recent UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, was held in Glasgow at the beginning of November 2021. This was an opportunity for action. Not just for the countries and delegates attending. But for all of us to challenge what we, and what the construction industry, can do.

Stride Treglown in England and Wales, TODD Architects in Northern Ireland and Ireland, and Keppie in Scotland joined forces to host an eight-week programme of free events counting down to COP26.

Starting in Cornwall and ending in Glasgow, each of their offices hosted a week of provocation and inspiration, through debating and doing, in collaboration with local organisations.

The Events

Relay highlights…

The route

The Climate Action Relay was an eight-week programme to drive knowledge exchange, best practice and positive action on the climate emergency.

Led by three top 100 architectural practices, the relay saw an event programme move from south to north via regional hubs each week, finishing in Glasgow as COP26 began.

Head to Twitter to see how the relay unfolded #ClimateActionRelay


The Climate Action Relay was powered by three of the UK’s leading independent architectural practices – Stride Treglown, TODD Architects and Keppie – each with a strong portfolio of sustainable projects and initiatives.

Stride Treglown

Stride Treglown is an employee-owned, carbon neutral architectural practice that stands for Better Places, Empowered People and Resilient Partnerships.

Stride Treglown was the first architectural practice in the AJ100 to become a Certified B Corporation.

Together with their clients, they aim to improve the lives of future generations, promoting a form of design that isn’t driven by ego, but by purpose.

Shaping places across the Civic, Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Residential and Technology & Innovation sectors, a team of 300 work in multi-disciplinary studios of architects, designers and built-environment specialists, and shape the architecture of daily life.

With offices in Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Plymouth, Truro and Winchester, Stride Treglown is truly embedded in the communities that it works in and with.


TODD Architects

TODD Architects is a client focused, multi award-winning practice.

With branches in London, Dublin and Belfast, TODD Architects have developed a skilled international team offering a spectrum of multisector expertise comprising both public and private portfolios, with specialisms in healthcare, aviation, education, commercial, residential and arts & leisure.

TODD Architects completed buildings and projects are delivered under a range of procurement routes, from a traditional approach to Design & Build, with the practice & design team regularly retained by contractors in a delivery role. In addition to the core discipline of architecture, the practice offers project management, town planning, master planning, urban design, workplace and interior design services.

The practice is proud to be listed in the Architects Journal’s list of top 100 UK practices for the fourth year running, with the practice’s commitment to design quality directly evidenced in the number of RIBA, RSUA, European Healthcare Design, AJ and other industry awards accolades received and, from the perspective of service quality, in the number of commissions which have been secured through repeat clients.



Keppie is an internationally successful practice. It’s not just our size or successes that keep us out in front. Design is central to every decision we make. And we make all the decisions. There’s no plc to answer to, no rules to stick to. We have the freedom to be entirely adaptable and responsive.

With internationally prominent figures including Charles Rennie Mackintosh amongst our past principles, our current team of designers are rightfully proud of the richness of our history. We are also enthusiastically passionate about the legacy we leave.  It’s more than architectural style or iconicism, it’s about instilling values and qualities into buildings which make them enjoyable, useful and inspirational for those who use them today, and for future generations.  For us, this is real pragmatic, international, people-focused sustainability.

Whilst we have a collaborative, creative, curious and charismatic spirit, we consider our strength as leading architects lies in our deserved reputation for practical thinking and technical excellence.


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