Atelier Ten Curates Retrofit Agenda Stage for Footprint+

We have teamed up with Footprint+ to curate this year’s Retrofit Agenda Stage, one of the seven main stages at the conference, which will take place at the Old Billingsgate Market in London between 8-9 May 2024.

Now in its third year, Footprint+ is the world’s most advanced conference dedicated to decarbonisation of the built environment and will feature more than 160 speakers and over 3,000 delegates. The programme at the Retrofit Agenda Stage is set to explore the technical, functional, financial, and aesthetic challenges and rewards of building reuse and adaptation.

Our environmental engineers, sustainability experts and thought leaders will be joined by industry figures ranging from developers, architects, property portfolio managers and local authority decision makers to discuss topics such as portfolio greening through retrofit, how to transform higher education estates, retrofit-first planning policy, zero carbon and circular economy. The stage will also provide a platform for the speakers to showcase best-in-practice case studies that highlight the benefits and challenges of retrofit featuring adaptive reuse, life sciences, cultural buildings, and leisure centres.

The Retrofit Agenda full programme can be found here.

We will also be hosting an evening drinks reception at Footprint+ on Wednesday 8 May, where delegates will be able to network and discuss the future of the built environment in an informal setting. To register an interest, please contact

The Retrofit Agenda Stage Full Programme

Wednesday 08 May 2024
10:00 | Portfolio greening through retrofit
Hear from leading UK developers on their emerging strategies to make retrofits a desirable and viable proposition on the market.

11:30 | What can we learn from New York City’s Urban Policy?
New York City has adopted the pioneering ‘Local Law 97’ which sets out greenhouse gas emission limits for all buildings in the city – both new and existing. As this law comes into force in 2024, experts discuss implications of meeting these requirements and the effects they are having on development.

13:00 | Transformation challenge for Higher Education estates
Learn how Higher Education institutions are moving away from building new landmark buildings to retaining and enhancing the character of their campuses, saving demolition and the embodied carbon burden that entails.

16:00 | Zero carbon development embraces the circular economy
A case study of Castleforge’s Golden Lane redevelopment, which reimagines a heritage asset and included salvaging steel from the original building, the addition of four storeys without any foundation strengthening and a thorough deconstruction process ensuring 96% of the existing structure has been retained.

Thurs 09 May 2024
10:00 | Retrofit-first planning policy
What is the future for planning policy in evaluating retrofit and new build proposals, especially in light of the GLA’s Whole life carbon and Circular Economy directives and ambitious Local Authority targets?

11:30 | Breathing new life into a 1930s leisure centre
The Grade II-listed 1930s Seymour Centre will undergo a transformation to adapt its existing leisure purpose into a modern, sustainable community hub – learn how community engagement and decarbonisation were key considerations, significantly undercutting industry best practise in terms of embodied and operational carbon.

11:30 | Retrofit challenge for Life Sciences
The panel will discuss how to balance the rapid expansion in this sector with the drive for Net Zero performance and wellness requirements for life sciences employees.

14:30 | 1920s office to residential transformation and delivering re-use
Experts explain how the entirety of the ICI headquarters were repurposed to residential units and how modern regulation necessitates redesigning circulation, fire protection and servicing of the existing structure.

16:00 | Cultural institutions: Weaving a sensitive retrofit tapestry
Hear from leading experts in delivering some of the UK’s most important cultural institutions such as the Burrell Gallery in Glasgow, the Museum of London and the Barbican in London on how to balance the complex matrix of energy performance, preservation requirements and heritage value in achieving a ‘sensitive retrofit’