148th Edition – Zak World of Façades United Kingdom

This will be the 148th edition globally, the 10th edition in United Kingdom and the 3rd edition in Manchester which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Technical Director, Domis Construction
Paul has over 25 years’ experience within the construction industry, with a focus on delivering technically complex projects from a concept stage to starting on site. Having worked across site-based operational roles, technical leadership of Major Projects business and all...
Senior Façade Engineer, WSP
Vaida is a senior façade engineer with over a decade of experience in Facade industry with the background in aluminium and glass facades. Prior to joining WSP, she worked for a specialist façade subcontractor delivering unitised curtain walling system facades...
Specification Leader UK, Axalta
Dami Babalola currently serves as the UK Architectural Specifications Lead at Axalta, a global leader in the coatings industry. With a background in architecture and a keen eye for design, Dami has seamlessly transitioned into the world of specifications, where...
Project Director, Erbay Aluminium
I graduated from Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1990. Subsequently, I commenced my professional career in the construction sector, where I have gained extensive experience. In 2011, I assumed the role of Project...
Specification Manager, Effisus
Ana Gonçalves Dias brings a wealth of expertise to the realm of façade weatherproofing solutions as Effisus’s Specification Manager. With a passion for innovation and a keen eye for detail, Ana plays an important role in guiding Effisus’s product development...
Senior Construction Manager, Far East Consortium
Tom is senior construction manager at Far East Consortium (FEC)’s Manchester office. He leads the quality and compliance management of FEC’s high rise developments in Manchester acting as client’s representative for the delivery team. He is a member of the...
Associate, Hawkins\Brown
Nicholas is an Architect and Associate at Hawkins\Brown’s Manchester Studio. He has over 10 years of experience in large scale residential developments and has been involved with a variety of projects spanning PRS, BTR, Co-Living and PBSA sub-sectors since joining...
Partner, Allies and Morrison
Paul’s skills in design development and communicating with stakeholder groups are essential in guiding some of our most significant projects. He places an importance on learning and problem solving, following a few consistent threads across many projects. He is working...
Sales Director, Schüco UK
With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Dan brings a wealth of expertise to the table. As a specialist façade engineer with a Master’s degree in this field, Dan has a deep understanding of the technical performance...
Director - Envelopes, AKT II
As the Envelope team Director, Simone ensures design excellence, manages global client relationships, and oversees commercial and residential projects. His expertise spans diverse markets, including the UK, Australia, the Middle East, and North America. Relocating to the UK in 2014...
Project Architect, Make Architects
Since joining Make in 2013, Jack has worked across a broad spectrum of projects, including commercial offices, sports stadiums, luxury hotels and retail. His role within the arts and culture team has been key in developing the Vault of Contemporary...
Founding Director, Hodder+Partners
Stephen Hodder established his architectural practice in 1983, and in 1992 Hodder Associates won the Royal Fine Art Commission/ Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in Lancashire. In 1996 Hodder Associates, now Hodder+Partners, received the...
Director of Façade Engineering, Meinhardt
Simon has extensive leadership experience in UK and international structural and façade engineering activities. They collaborate with leading architects and designers, combining engineering pragmatism with design sensitivity. In recent years, they have focussed on developing empowered teams with a strong...
Partner, SimpsonHaugh
As an effective communicator, Simon balances being approachable, assertive and sociable. Simon’s design awareness helps him maintain a holistic project view, while his strong presentation and personable skills ensure that project teams are clear on what is expected and when....
Project Director, CR Construction UK Company
Shane has over 20 years’ experience in the industry as an architect, developer and main contractor. He has managed schemes up to £125m in value across a diverse range of roles, including Head of R&D and Senior Design and Technical...
Business Development Manager – High Rise & Façades, A. Proctor Group
Lewis Stanley joined The A. Proctor Group in 2023 and has specialised in facades in high-rise construction. Lewis has many years of experience in the high-rise sector, focusing on façade design, regulation compliance and innovation. By advocating a systems based...
Associate - Façade Consultant, FMDC
Since joining FMDC in 2020, Lefteris has worked on a variety of projects, from concept design through to completion on site. His strong background in detailing and in-depth technical knowledge has helped him deliver complex façades including Kings Cross S4...
Senior Associate, Denton Corker Marshall
Graham is Senior Associate at Denton Corker Marshall’s Manchester office; the practice have delivered numerous projects nationally and internationally including the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, One New York Street and Stonehenge Visitor Centre among many others. Having accumulated over 20...
ESG Director, Bruntwood SciTech
Alex Edwards is ESG Director at Bruntwood SciTech. In his role, Alex leads Bruntwood’s response in driving performance of the business’s existing portfolio while implementing and overseeing decarbonisation and energy reduction strategies as part of the firm’s broader goal to...
National Façades Manager, Cosentino UK
As a seasoned professional with 8 years of dedicated experience in the UK’s facade industry, Aaron brings a wealth of expertise to his role as a National Facades Sales Manager for Cosentino. Working closely with accounts across the nation, Aaron...
Built Environment Lead, Climate Champions Team
Will leads the Built Environment work at the Climate Champions Team, supporting the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions in accelerating real-world momentum towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. Will was instrumental in positioning the Built Environment in the COP28...
Director Pre-Construction Services, Schüco International
Stephen Tanno graduated from The University of Southampton in 1987 and worked as a Consulting Engineer for the next 16 years, including 5 years with Ove Arup in Sydney and 8 years as Group Director with Buro Happold, where he...
Partner, SimpsonHaugh
James is an experienced designer with an excellent eye for detail who works to high standards. He enjoys early project stages and rigorously refining project ideas. When delivering projects, he grasps strategic sequencing and shows clarity of thought. As a...
Associate, Arup
Sandra has been with Arup for 14 years in the Façades Team and is now based in Manchester. She combines structural engineering skills and detailed knowledge of façades to provide multidisciplinary coordination and solutions meeting both the architectural intent and...
Director - Head of Façade Engineering, BB7
Naoki heads up the façade engineering capability and is part of the senior leadership team at BB7. He comes from a multi-disciplinary background, having led and developed the façade and façade access discipline at a leading multinational consultancy.   He...
Engineering Director, Thorp Precast
Passionate about developing beautiful, sustainable and safe buildings, Mark is a Chartered Engineer with over 17 years in the Building Industry including 15 in engineering consulting. He is responsible for the delivery of high-quality building systems, ensuring alignment between design,...
Conference Agenda
  • Built environment evolution – Retention vs. demolition strategies
  • Office to residential conversion – Constraints, options and solutions
  • Ultracompact manufacturing technology in Dekton
  • Sustainable façade design with a carbon neutral solution
  • Dekton certifications and reference projects
  • How the landscape of the façade industry is evolving
  • Highlighting the direction and pace of change in the UK building sector
  • Cross-sector perspectives on the emerging drivers shaping the design, development, and financing of buildings
  • Holistic approach to sustainable construction
  • Vertical fire spread, innovations and solution
  • Achieving façade design intent
  • Controlling costs in façade design
  • Resource efficient façade design
  • Key points and demonstration of competence
  • Potential implications on project program
  • How are we tackling this as an industry
  • Change under the BSA
  • Role of the façade engineer in a post HRB landscape
  • Sealing success: The crucial role of waterproofing and air barrier systems in modern construction
  • Advanced façade interface solutions: Accommodating building's movement with fire rated solutions
  • Case studies
  • Achieving excellence in projects
  • Exploring colors online and offline
  • Drawing inspiration from case studies and resources
  • Reuse of the existing building’s stone cladding
  • The stone reuse journey – challenges and successes
  • Pre-fabricated façade construction
  • Three New Bailey (Woven precast brick design)
  • Four New Bailey (Expressive structural façade design)
  • Eden (Largest green façade in Europe)
  • A comparison between Viadux and Manchester new square
  • Designing to accommodate existing retained structures
  • Unitised curtain wall vs. pre-cast panels
  • Engineering, construction and logistical challenges
  • Future trends

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