Vision London returns with over 120 speakers in its second year

Launched in 2015, Vision is the event for architects, specifiers, clients and suppliers. The place where these communities come together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment.

The event focuses on new and innovative building products and materials, providing ideas and solutions for new and inventive ways to achieve better building design solutions and comply with ever changing legislation.

Building on the huge success of last year’s launch event, Vision will return to London Olympia on 7-8 June, and promises to deliver even more educational content, practical solutions and innovative products for today’s busy architect.

Through a series of seminars and case studies delivered by over 120 leading international speakers, alongside a carefully curated exhibition of cutting edge products and solutions, Vision is the meeting place for professionals connected to the built environment and a unique opportunity for suppliers to showcase their products.

The extensive CPD accredited seminar programme will cover the themes Future Materials & Systems, Technology Talks, Innovation in Architecture & Design, Building Health & Wellness, Smart Buildings, Building Modelling Information (BIM) and Offsite Construction.

The Innovation in Architecture & Design stream, sponsored by Marshalls, showcases a broad range of case studies and project types – from the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to architect Flanagan Lawrence’s acoustic shells on the Littlehampton seafront. The first day of seminars will feature one of the UK’s most innovation-packed homes: SOLCER House in Bridgend, South Wales. This is a one-off demonstration house, designed and constructed as part of the Wales Low Carbon Research Institute’s SOLCER project, which is led by the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, and supported by Swansea University’s SPECIFIC research project and other partners.

The Building Health & Wellness stream, sponsored by Saint-Gobain, focuses on a number of innovations which are emerging to help measure and enhance wellbeing in buildings.  Saint-Gobain have created the Multi-Comfort standard – a way of designing sustainable, healthy and comfortable buildings that also achieve the Passivhaus standard in energy efficiency. The first UK project built to the standard, a new sports and drama hall for King’s Hawford Junior School in Worcester, designed by Associated Architects, is close to completion. As well as promoting high levels of energy efficiency and thermal comfort in the school, the standard focuses on audio, indoor air and visual comfort to create a quality learning environment for teachers and students.

Saint-Gobain technical director Mark Allen and Residential Sector Director Stacey Temprell will be outlining the Multi-Comfort concept and the story of the debut UK project as part of the Building Health & Wellness seminar programme on 7 June.

The Future Materials and Systems educational stream at Vision will feature some of the very latest innovations that are starting to demonstrate their potential in construction, including robot construction workers, nanomaterials, and technologies influenced by nature. Nanoparticles added to construction materials, such as cement, concrete and steel are promising to deliver significant improvements, including greater strength, and are bringing new properties like self-healing and self-cleaning. In his presentation on 7 June, Dr Bojan Boskovic will consider how the use of carbon nanomaterials can open up new possibilities for sustainable design strategies, improve the nature of building structures and provide a new array of functions that can improve interaction between buildings and their occupants.

Full details of all other seminar streams are now published on the Vision website, where readers can also register for a free of charge visitor pass to attend the event, giving access to all seminars, the exhibition and networking events.

Vision has also agreed later opening hours for 2016 – as some busy Architects would like to visit the event in the early evening. Opening hours for Vision Late Night on the 7 June will be 10am until 9pm, with the exhibition continuing into the evening after the main seminar programmes finish. Drinks will be served to all exhibitors and visitors from 5.30pm, who will be able to browse the exhibition, attend the popular Pecha Kucha sessions organised by the NLA and participate in other exclusive evening events to be announced.