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How to BUILD better performing buildings and places

Using the UK’s first Passivhaus leisure centre as an exemplar, Andrew Ash of Kier Group reveals what it takes to successfully construct a low carbon, high performance building.


09 Sep


13:00 - 14:00


Online session

Sarah Lee, Senior Associate Architect at Stride Treglown, talks to Andrew Ash of Kier Group about the construction of the impressive St Sidwells Point Leisure Centre in Exeter, the UK’s first Passivhaus standard ultra-low carbon leisure centre.

Andrew discusses what it takes to successfully construct a low carbon, high performance building. How is it different? What are the challenges? How do you upskill your workforce and supply chain prior to construction? How do you maintain standards throughout a project in order to meet Passivhaus requirements? All will be revealed…


Andrew Ash, Construction Project Manager – Kier Regional Building

Andrew Ash BSc (hons) MCIOB is an experienced Chartered Construction Project Manager with Kier Regional Building. During his 17 year career, he has delivered a number of significant projects in the South West from heritage work to cutting-edge Passivhaus buildings.

Andrew is very proud to have won the Construction Manager of the Year gold award for the successful management and delivery of  The South West Energy Centre at South Devon College, a state-of-the-art renewable energy training facility and test-bed for emerging technologies. The 3-bed demonstration Passivhaus project was constructed in a way which allowed on site teaching and research to be undertaken – a first for a UK college!

Sarah Lee, Senior Associate Architect – Stride Treglown

Sarah describes herself as a front-end architect, whose vivacious personality plays a key role in helping clients to enjoy engagement in the development of their project. She strives to ensure that buildings work flexibly and efficiently, and enjoys working closely and creatively with clients to re-use existing buildings.

Sarah was joint Chair of the Plymouth branch of RIBA 2016-2020. During this time, she helped to promote the role of the Architect within the construction industry and the importance of good quality design. She now works closely with the University of Plymouth and Plymouth City Council, helping to forge positive collaborative links across the city. This has resulted in the launch of Future Plymouth 2030, a webinar series which responds to the Climate Emergency.  The events promote discussion and debate and strives to report on initiatives to reduce carbon in the built environment and construction industry. She is passionate about empowering people to take positive action to achieve net zero carbon.

Event photo by Tolu Olubode on Unsplash

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