Welcome to the Exploration podcast from Hoare Lea: a place for curiosity, creative thinking and conversation. Each episode, join Andrew Bullmore and a variety of guests as they discuss the big topics shaping society, planet, and the built environment.
Higher education powering innovation.
We hear from Professor Michele Barbour, the University of Bristol’s Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Innovation – a new role created just six months ago. Following a recent study which has found that the university’s spinout companies generate higher average returns on investment than those of any other UK university, Michele shares her own experience in founding a spinout.
Vanessa Murray Founder of Mentoring Circle
We hear from Vanessa Murray, who founded Mentoring Circle to address the gender diversity gap at the property industry’s senior leadership level – by partnering newly qualified female professionals with top female leaders. The organisation welcomes its second intake on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022.
Vanessa discusses with Hoare Lea Directors Jo Edwards and Sara Quaglieni their experience of mentoring for the scheme, as well as getting comfortable with not knowing all the answers, and articulating ambitions out loud. Together they talk confidence, reverse mentoring and the importance of symbiotic learning through the next generation, and how we reconcile positive discrimination with a robust meritocracy.
Digital detox - Rethinking data centre design
A digital detox is a common new year’s resolution, and the planet needs one on an industrial scale – our everyday internet actions contributing considerably to the climate emergency.
While the huge shift to the virtual plane feels like a good thing – a Zoom meeting is less environmentally harmful than travelling 200 miles to a colleague’s office – it’s all relative. Data centres, which house computer systems and process our digital doings, are responsible for major emissions. At the same time, the pandemic highlighted our need for digital connection, so what can we do to reduce the repercussions? Design differently.
With our sector lead Anders Eklund, the University of Lancaster’s Professor Adrian Friday and Dr Kelly Widdicks discuss their paper assessing carbon accounting in ICT. Together they talk healthier practices, minimising consumer impact, corporate responsibility and the good news story around energy-harnessing ideas in data centre design.
Future Way Of Working
Recorded as we launched our nine-day fortnight work initiative, our Director of People and Development, Erica Coombs-Prole, talks to Stephanie Corking, Co-Owner and People Director at Laws of Attraction. Together they discuss the intersection of workplace with wellbeing, how enhancing professional relationships in a way that positively impacts culture can improve operational growth, and implementing solutions to support positive mental health and work-life balance.
Environmental Psychology with Dr Melissa Marselle
In this episode recorded specially for COP26, Andrew talks to Dr Melissa Marselle, an Environmental Psychologist at the University of Surrey. They discuss how our psychological wellbeing intersects with contact to nature, and the principles of biophilic design and biodiversity promotion in supporting positive mental health.
Live panel: The Digital Opportunity
In a special edition recorded live during our firm’s internal Digital Engineering Week, Andrew hosts a panel of industry experts to explore how utilising data will help steer the future of engineering and project delivery towards a construction industry that’s efficient, human-centric and planet-positive