• 23 July 2020

Karen Telling joins NLA Technical Competency Expert Panel

Waterman is delighted that Karen Telling, a Board Director for Waterman Structures, will be joining the New London Architecture (NLA) Technical Competency Expert Panel.

NLA have a vision to bring people together to shape a better city and improve quality of life across London through a better planned, designed and managed built environment as set out in the New London Charter.

Their new series of Expert Panels aims to bring together industry experts from across the NLA membership for a 12-month commitment where they will be able to advise on core programmes, provide thought-leadership on design, development and construction in London, in addition to responding to new policies or consultations.

The Technical Competency Panel will advise and share thought-leadership on improving technical competency in the detailed design and delivery of buildings in the city. Following the tragedy at Grenfell, the relationship between the architect, project manager and contractors’ role in the delivery of a project has come under scrutiny and topics including fire safety, material performance, building regulations, modern methods of construction, digital collaboration, education and training will be brought into focus.

Over the past 25 years, Karen has gained considerable experience in mixed-use, regeneration and refurbishment developments of varying sizes. She manages design teams on both small and major multidisciplinary projects, including; Westgate Oxford, Victoria Gate, Brent Cross and Floral Court. As an active member of Revo’s technical affairs committee, which is at the forefront of all technical issues relating to mixed-use and urban regeneration developments, Karen has also produced several technical papers around flexibility of design, demolish or rebuild and repurposing of existing assets, all of which have gone to be discussed on industry panels.

Karen commented: “I am very excited to be part of NLA’s Expert Panel, working together with industry professionals as we focus on emerging technical opinions, policies and developing changes. This is a great initiative by NLA that has come at the right time. As our industry is adapting from the challenges we’ve faced in the last year, we are ready to work towards solving these key issues in London with the hope of then spreading this knowledge to developments across the wider country.”

For further information on the NLA Expert Panels, click here.

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