Pioneering the Potential

Pioneering the Potential: Natural Building Materials across the Weald & Downland

Friday July 12th 2019 – Lewes, Sussex

A symposium and projects tour hosted by Fourth Door Research in association with Making Lewes 

A full day introduction to natural building materials featuring a morning symposium and afternoon coach tour visiting projects, and demonstrating Sussex’s pioneering natural building materials role and potential.

Friday – July 12th 2019 – Symposium at Lewes Depot – 9.00am  – 12.00 at Lewes Depot, Pinwell Lane, Lewes  BN7 2JS followed by a projects tour – 12.00 to 19.30pm

Cost £50.00 for full day symposium and projects visit (including lunch and coach tour)  £20 student concession, and a limited number of free tickets for Lewes residents. Booking through Lewes Depot.

Morning – Symposium speakers

Cany Ash – Ash Sakula Architects on their exemplar natural building materials housing and integrating green roof garden terraces at scale.

Ben Bosence – Barcombe’s Local Works Studio on taking a landscape-led approach to the design of buildings, places and materials – working with communities to uncover hidden resources and apply vernacular processes to modern problems.

David Saunders – from the Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, pioneer of Sussex based timber building materials.

Anthony Thistleton – WaughThistleton Architects, the leading Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) architects.

Craig White – from Bristol’s White Design and co-creator of Modcell straw cassette wall panels, on the expanding the range of Bio-based material.

Afternoon – Projects tour

Lunch and tour of Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, plus visits to the Tobias

Green Community project by Nicolas Pople Architects, and to In-Wood Developments, leaders in the making of locally sourced timber-based construction materials.

The coach will return to Lewes Station by 19.30.


Further, more detailed about speakers, projects and the natural material’s revolution information can be found here.

Contact at Fourth Door: Oliver Lowenstein  0044(0)1273 473501 or Milly Manley 0044(0) 07956 580533

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