Our Faith - Our Planet

14 November 2016
Ramboll is participating at the inter-faith climate change conference at Manchester Cathedral, 'Our Faith - Our Planet', imparting knowledge on how to improve the energy efficiency of historic buildings.


Tim Bowden. Ramboll

Tim Bowden

Project Director
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Ben Billington

Ben Billington

Associate, Building Services
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Martin Bissell. Ramboll

Martin Bissell

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Taking place on Monday 14th November and hosted by the Dean of Manchester, ‘Our Faith - Our Planet' is an inter-faith climate change conference which aims to promote shared values amongst faith communities and to educate and inform people about climate change and its effects. 

The conference is part of the #WeStandTogether campaign, launched by Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders to promote acts of kindness and inclusion between people of different faith or ethnic communities in Greater Manchester. The conference will include a range of presentations, table discussions, displays, workshops and a choir performance. Those responsible for and involved in Manchester Cathedral's redevelopment will be present alongside guest speakers; Tony Lloyd, Interim Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner; Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester; and Ruth Wood from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

Manchester Cathedral embarked on its comprehensive ‘Development Project’ to realise the Cathedral’s potential, including improving environmental performance and comfort levels for visitors. With a particular focus on preserving public buildings and places of worship, the conference will share examples of best practice and how historic buildings can work towards reducing their carbon footprint.

Having played an integral role in the renovation of building services at Manchester Cathedral, Ramboll has been invited to present at the ‘Our Faith – Our Planet’ conference and impart knowledge on how to increase energy efficiency within historic buildings, referencing the success of Manchester Cathedral’s recent improvements.

Tim Bowden and Ben Billington, supported by Martin Bissell from Ramboll's Manchester office, will comment on how the Cathedral’s services engineering system design was established and the challenges faced whilst seamlessly and sensitively integrating modern building services into the historic building fabric. A tour of the Cathedral’s basement, where the new building services are housed, will also be available. The tour will highlight how the structure and engineering systems work cooperatively and how, with specialist knowledge and a sensitive approach, the successful protection and regeneration of historic environments can be achieved.

View more information and advice on work in historic places of worship, including links to Historic England and The Church of England Church Care documents, here.

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