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David Lloyd Jones


David Lloyd Jones is a founding director of Studio E Architects. His previous experience ranged from research and development into housing and university standards to commercial centre city development. In the early 80s he was responsible for the design of the seminal energy conscious NFU Mutual and Avon Insurance Group’s Head Office at Stratford upon Avon. He is an acknowledged expert and innovator in energy conscious and sustainable architecture. He has led a succession of leading edge sustainable projects including the Solar Office, Doxford International, innumerable government sponsored R&D projects, Beaufort Court the first commercial zero-emissions building in the world and, most recently, science, sports and performing arts facilities at Townley Grammar School. Believing that there should be no distinction between environmentally sound architecture and architecture of the highest quality he has been responsible for a number of important projects in cultural, educational and institutional sectors including the much acclaimed and award winning Grange Park Opera House. Current projects include extensions to Bacon’s City Technology College, a pan-European high-insulating R&D window project, a zero carbon residential development and a new office development in Olympia. He is a member of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Forum and an Education Review Panel Member of CABE. His book, Architecture and the Environment, was published by Laurence King Publishing in 1998 and is available in six languages.

The Next Generation: Transformational School Buildings

Change is always with us, but the scale and pace of change increases expedientially in response to cultural and technological development and it is the speed imposed on change that results in economic disruption and social conflict. Recent experience has taken us to a new watershed. We are now faced with unprecedented economic meltdown, worldwide sectarian violence and catastrophic climate change. The notion of sustainability has been appropriated, banded about and misapplied by so many vested interests that it has all but lost its currency. However its three underpinning tenets - economic benefit, social well-being and environmental protection - remain and form the basis for any move to improve conditions here on earth. These three precepts, not surprisingly, exactly mirror the three areas of global fracture referred to above. Brundtland’s famous definition of sustainability uses ‘future generations’ as the measure of impacts made by the current one. It is the next generation that we at Studio E Architects have found ourselves faced with in the most direct way possible: designing and building new schools. The UK government has set up a programme for rebuilding and re-equipping the entire stock of primary and secondary schools. This is the biggest public investment programme ever seen amounting to approximately £90bn over 10 years. Although the manner in which this is being procured is far from perfect, there is a concerted attempt to transform pedagogy as well as physical setting. Also in place is a review process aimed at ensuring design excellence. Furthermore there is, in parallel with and part of this process, a procedure for ensuring that the designs comprehensively address sustainable measures. This programme is now underway and it is possible to see how it is shaping up and to what effect sustainable issues are being addressed. The key to a successful project is the work that takes place during the first month or so and the relationship between the key players, client, urban planners, designers, educationalists and contractors. Environmental experts have informed us that radical change needs to be in place in ten years time. Any future ameliorating moves will then be too late. The technology is in place. It is now cultural change - a change of mind set - that needs to take place. School children are an extremely receptive depository for this transformation and are very effective envoys for promoting this change. Furthermore, when grown up, they will have to operate its levers.
David Lloyd Jones

Solar Office, Doxford International.
Photo Credit: Dennis Gilbert, Photographer

The Solar Office at Doxford International Business Park is a new office building designed for Akeler and located in the north east of England. It was the first speculatively constructed building in the UK to incorporate building-integrated photovoltaics and the resulting facade was the largest then assembled. It was also one of only a few to adopt a holistic energy strategy.
Winner Energy Globe Award 2000; Eurosolar Award 1999; Design Council Millenium Product Award 1999

Beaufort Court Zero Emissions Building.
Photo Credit: Peter McKinven, Photographer

Beaufort Court is the UK’s first commercially developed building to be carbon neutral and entirely energy self-sufficient.
Originally built by Ovaltine in 1932 as an egg farm, the original buildings have been extended and converted to provide a model state-of-the-art sustainable head office and visitors’ centre for Renewable Energy Systems. The energy strategy integrates five sources of renewable energy - wind turbine, photovoltaics, hybrid photovoltaic/thermal and seasonal ground heat store, biomass heating and bore hole cooling - within a comprehensive mixed mode energy saving design. The project and ongoing monitoring was assisted by grants obtained from the EU Framework 5 Programme and the DTI.
Winner Business Commitment to the Environment Peter Parker Award 2005, RICS Award for Sustainability East of England 2005, Regeneration Awards Innovation of the Year, RIBA Award, BCO Award 2004. Shortlisted RIBA Sustainability Award, Building Services Journal Award 2004.

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