Sustainable Buildings: Free tour of Future Leap; an award-winning carbon neutral business hub

Thu 31st of August 2023 | 8am - 10 am | Future Leap Business hub, Gloucester Road

Calling all those working within the construction industry/built environment. Future Leap in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric and Alec French Architects are offering a free tour of their award-winning carbon neutral sustainable business hub on Gloucester Road, Bristol.

As part of YTKO’s Building Growth South-West programme, representatives from Future Leap, Mitsubishi Electric and Alec French Architects will walk you through the design thinking and the green tech associated with the retrofit of Future Leap’s 1930s award-winning building.

You will hear about how they have considered circular economy principles (even the carpets are made from discarded fishing nets removed from the ocean!), see cutting edge tech, such as a state-of-the-art air source heat pump and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system and witness the buzz of activity from one of the largest living walls in Bristol!

The tour will be following by a discussion with Head of Sustainability at Mitsubishi Electric UK and IRE, Martin Fahey, Alec French Architects Consultant Nigel Dyke and Head of Partnerships and Sustainability at Future Leap, Katherine Piper.

Building Growth South West is delivering Workforce for the Future support on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority, funded by European Social Fund. For more information on Workforce for the Future, please contact the West of England Growth Hub here.


8am Registration, pastries and networking
8:30 – 8:45 Intro and climate emergency context setting
8:45-9:05 Tour of the hub 
9:05-9:20 Q&A 
9:20 – 9:35 The future of sustainable buildings. What next for the WECA region?  
9:35-09:45am Close 
09:45 – 10am Networking
We look forward to seeing you on 31st August. 

Eligibility: This is particularly targeted towards construction/built environment professionals within Bristol, Bath, South Glos. and North Somerset however we welcome anyone who has an interest in the subject. 

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Who are we?


This course is being delivered by Building Growth South West as part of the Workforce for the Future programme.

Who is Building Growth South West?

Building Growth South West is delivering Workforce for the Future support on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority in collaboration with Bristol Housing Festival, MOBIE and other regional partners. Our mission is to support Construction SMEs across the West of England through funded MMC and offsite construction training. The Building Growth South West programme will offer:

• Opportunities to learn new skills and techniques

• Developing commercial relationships with offsite construction suppliers and providers

• Funded training and support to secure long-term jobs in the MMC sector

What is Workforce for the Future?

The West of England Workforce for the Future programme has received £4m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. 

The Workforce for the Future programme offers:

• Workforce development planning

• Training, including digital skills

• Apprenticeship, intern & work placements

• Talent retention

• Education and skills pathways

By registering with Building Growth South West for this event, you will be able to access support from all partners involved in the Workforce for the Future programme.

The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration. 

Please note: This event is completely free of charge for attendees, however, you will be asked to complete a small amount of paperwork on the day. This is to check and confirm your eligibility for our funding providers so we can continue running both online and in-person training and workshops free of charge for attendees.

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