Last week saw the start of 3ADAPT, our new company that Anthony, Austen and I have set up. This marks the end of a fantastic few years at BuroHappold for all of us. Thanks to everyone for making it special - a great place, with great people.
Projects that stand out include; helping the Natural History Museum develop their sustainability strategy and framework, working with the team to make Bristol Arena more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, helping guide the Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion towards its aspirational sustainability targets, collaborating with a global team on KACARE, a forward-thinking masterplan, which gave us the freedom to explore how to sustainably design a city from scratch and develop a blueprint for a new national sustainability rating system. I personally even got to work with government departments in the Middle East looking at how they could better allocate and spend their national infrastructure budgets to have a greater positive impact.
We worked with many of BuroHappold's leadership on various projects that I truly believe will push the industry forward. ‘Venue of Value’ which looked at the key ingredients that will be instrumental in defining the future of a successful cultural sector ecosystem. Energy Island explored future renewable energy scenarios to make Cornwall, one of the most deprived regions in Europe, energy independent and also redirect over a billion pounds annually back into the Cornish economy. We spent time, working with key influencers to understand how universities can help attract and nurture talent and how organisations can create ‘Winning Workplaces’ that drive productivity and success.
There were many fun collaborations. The partnership with the UKGBC and other organisations to develop a framework to help design teams and organisations adapt their assets to improve people’s health, wellbeing and productivity. This involved a partnership with the University of Bath to research the application of this framework in our own office space. Being part of this cutting-edge work was a fascinating experience.
The teams we worked with are truly talented and inspired us every day with their curiosity and their desire to improve the world in which we live. Those times will stay with us for life and have helped us get to where we are today. Thanks for the opportunities, smiles and distractions.
Now it’s time for a new challenge and to pursue something our hearts have always wanted to do – set up our own company. I personally am excited to do this with, Anthony and Austen, two of the kindest and most supportive people I know. They also just so happen to be world class at what they do (I am smiling as I write this). We are looking forward to going on some great journeys with others who share a passion to make the world a better place through improving their projects, communities and organisations. If you share this passion, we would love to talk.