Lorenza Casini

Lorenza was briefly part of the URBED team in 2005 during a student placement while at the Manchester School of Architecture, she has rejoined us in 2016 as an Associate Principal after a decade in practice. She is a qualified architect, having trained at the Manchester School of Architecture and the RIBA NW with a wealth of experience in sustainable architecture and urban design and an MSc with Distinction in Environmental and Energy Science at the Centre for Alternative Technology, in Machynlleth, Wales.

Lorenza Casini

Marianne Heaslip

Marianne is an architect with interests in urban design, sustainable architecture, and participative design. She originally joined URBED as an urban designer in 2002 during a second year out, before returning to university to complete the Diploma in Architecture course at The University of Sheffield. She then continued to work for URBED as a trainer on the ‘Homes by Design’ and ‘Neighbourhoods by Design’ courses whilst at university and whilst working for PTEa in Liverpool. She returned to URBED in September 2009 to work on sustainability, masterplanning and architecture projects.

Marianne Heaslip

People Powered Retrofit

We're working with Carbon Coop in this BEIS funded project to develop local supply chains to support whole house retrofit across Greater Manchester. This is one of six projects funded by in England and aims to both develop localised capacity to deliver retrofit works and inform future government policy and approaches.

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30 Years Queer and the LGBT+ Centre Planning Application

With appropriate timing, a planning application for the new LGBT+ Centre was submitted to Manchester City Council on the 26th November 2018, shortly after the Proud Trust’s 30 Years Queer event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the existing centre opening on Sidney Street.

Final Bingham Vision Masterplan

In the Summer of 2018 we saw our commission for this work coming to an end. We completed the final Town Centre Vision masterplan accompanied by a detailed report for the Bingham Growth Board and the Bingham community. 

PhD Scholarship: Retrofit at an urban scale

Saturday 24th November, 2018

We're very pleased to announce that we are collaborating with Manchester School of Architecture to offer a PhD Scholarship on "Retrofitting Neighbourhoods: Exploring approaches to sustainable residential retrofit at neighbourhood scale".

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AECB 'Re-energise' Convention

Saturday 18th August, 2018

URBED's Marianne Heaslip will be speaking at the AECB's 'Re-energise' Convention taking place on 14th and 15th September in Herefordshire. With Jonathan Atkinson from Carbon Coop she will be reviewing the past five years of work in Greater Manchester developing a member-led approach to building a market for deep retrofit, and where things might go next.

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Proud Trust Celebration Event

The Proud Trust recently hosted a celebration of the work done to date on the new centre. They have been successful in securing almost half of the money they need to rebuild the centre and provide facilities fit for the 21st Century, but there's still lots to do. 

To find out more and make a contribution, visit their website here

You can see a film about the work of the centre here

Community Connects Workshops - ENW

Thursday 21st June, 2018

Electricity North West are running a series of workshops aimed at volunteers and employees in the community and local energy sectors.

"Community Connects" is being delivered by a partnership of organisation who each bring unique expertise from working with the sectoe and will deliver a workshop in their specialist area. URBED in collaboration with Carbon Coop is runing one on energy efficiency in Lancaster on 17th October 2018. 

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Carbon Coop Celebration and AGM

Wednesday 20th June, 2018

Our friends Carbon Coop are holding and event to celebrate the work they've done ober the last year on Saturday 30th June from 10am til 1pm at Real Junk Food, Manchester. 

You can find out more and book a place here:  https://carbon-coop-2018.eventbrite.co.uk

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