Ramboll forms sustainability leadership team for buildings

3 Sheldon Square - image: Morris+Company and British Land

Global engineering, design and sustainability consultancy Ramboll has created a Sustainability Leadership Group for buildings in the UK.

The team is headed by Lora Brill, who was appointed earlier this year as head of sustainability for buildings in the UK. 

She is joined by Austen Bates as sustainability lead for building services. 

Bates’ appointment follows four-years of driving innovative sustainable solutions for Ramboll’s clients, including the recently completed 3 Sheldon Square, a sustainable retrofit project for British Land to support its net zero strategy, which has been shortlisted for a BREEAM Award for Best Refurbishment and Fit-Out project. 

Brogan MacDonald also joins the team as sustainability lead for building structures. 

She is a chartered civil engineer and chartered environmentalist and champions material re-use, reducing embodied carbon and regenerative principles. 

Her recent work has included the imaginative design of Westbury Hotel to secure its retention, saving 5,000 tonnes of demolition material. She also co-authored the Institution of Structural Engineers' book on Circular Economy and Reuse. 

Jac Yarwood, who has recently been appointed to head of sustainable solutions, also brings her wide experience in holistic sustainability to the team. 

She has applied her knowledge on a variety of schemes of various sizes from small retail units to large redevelopment projects including data centres, prisons, care homes, schools, leisure centres and tourist facilities.

Together they will guide clients to set and achieve ambitious goals and continuously strive for exceptional sustainable outcomes.

Brill said: “I’m excited to put in place this exceptionally talented team that brings structural engineering, MEP engineering and sustainability consultancy together to lead Ramboll’s incredible breadth and depth of technical expertise on sustainability in building design and engineering. 

“The team will continue to drive more engagements in key industry initiatives like ConcreteZero, and SteelZero and lead our own such as CO2mpare, which transparently shares building projects carbon data.

“We are committed to being the Partner for Sustainable Change and this leadership team is just one more step in ensuring that we challenge current thinking and champion innovative approaches to sustainability”.

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