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 recently rejoined 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

Bingham Stakeholder Workshop

On 7th December URBED held a participatory workshop exploring the development of Bingham over the next decade. Representatives from local councils and community groups were invited to share their thoughts and opinions regarding priorities areas for our emerging strategic masterplan. There was excellent attendance and enthusiasm at the event, with 40 participants. Attendees were split into five roundtable groups, each with a facilitator from the team. 

Community Think Tank: Community Led Housing

Thursday 21st December, 2017

On 6th and 7th February 2018 a Community Think Tank event on Community Led Housing will be taking place at Trafford Hall, near Chester. 

The event will be chaired by URBED's Marianne Heaslip, who has been involved in community led housing as both a professional and a resident - including the Homebaked and Granby Four Streets Community Land Trusts in Liverpool.

Related projects

  • Trafford Hall, near Chester

Nottingham EnergieSprong Pilot

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Mon, 06/12/2017
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  • Energy
  • Masterplanning
  • Retrofit
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In Spring 2017 URBED worked with Keepmoat Regeneration (Engie) on a ‘runner up’ bid for the first EnergieSprong pilot project in the UK, for Nottingham City Homes.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

In November 2017 URBED were appointed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to support the production of the second draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework. The framework is a joint plan for Greater Manchester that will set out the future strategy for housing, jobs and infrastructure across the city region. It is being produced by all 10 Councils within Greater Manchester, who are working in partnership to plan strategically for the future.

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Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens - user guide

We are currently working with Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens in the Meadows, Nottingham, to produce a user guide for their gardens and building. This builds on our work on home user guides, including for new housing developments in the same neighbourhood. 

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Home Energy Training Programme

Building on our expertise in energy and retrofit URBED has developed and delivered five courses as part of Carbon Co-op's Home Energy Training Programme:

  • Principles of Retrofit
  • Ventilation for Retrofit
  • Heating controls
  • Routes to Retrofit
  • Retrofit Champions

 

Principles of Retrofit

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"Living the Region" DAM Workshop

In November 2017 URBED were delighted to be invited to take part in the DAM- Lab workshop “Living the Region” at the Frankfurt Hypermotion fair. The workshop was organised by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and designed as live project taking place within the fair itself.

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Toxteth Food Central nears completion

As Squash Nutrition celebrate their 10th birthday, Toxteth Food Central nears completion on Windsor Street. As part of their birthday celebrations the building was opened up to the public for a very well attended Winter Get-Together.

Squash Nutrition will be moving in to the office space of Toxteth Food Central in mid-December, with completion of the building scheduled for soon after.

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