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Addressing the most current and pressing subjects through our seminars.

2023 Speakers
Creating environments to reform and rehabilitate

Gethin Jones

Gethin Jones
Founder/Director | Gethin Jones Unlocking Potential Ltd

'Locked Up Potential'

It is not a system that changes people, it’s the individuals that work within it. But for this to happen you need the right elements in place.
You can’t grow a crop in a darkened room, the environment needs to be right for the crops to grow and a nice place for a farmer to work.
You can’t expect a farmer to care for crops if they are not nurtured, trained, and feel like what they do adds value and helps the crop and society at large.
This session will be delivered in a way that you will walk away considering how to best support the crop, the farmer and society.
Laura Woods

Laura Woods
Consultant Nurse Responsible Clinician Forensic Psychiatry | NAPICU

'Prisoner Transfers to Hospital: When, why and how'

There are high rates of both physical and mental health issues within the prison population. National policy, legislation and strategies relating to prison healthcare are based on the principle of equivalence, with those incarcerated requiring equal access to a range of health care interventions.
Prisons, by their very nature are often challenging environments to deliver safe and effective healthcare.
At times, prisoners require transfer to hospital, this presentation will look at why, when and how this is facilitated and the work needed to improve access to healthcare for the prison population.
Lady Grosvenor & Mike Worthington

Lady Grosvenor & Mike Worthington
Founder/Chair & Director | One Small Thing & Snug Architects

'Hope Street - A Trauma Informed Alternative'

Hope Street pilots a new approach to working with justice involved women.
From within a healing, trauma-informed, residential environment, women
and children have access to a range of specialist support.
By taking a positive and compassionate approach, One Small Thing aim to
create a blueprint for change that can be replicated across the country and
achieve better outcomes for women, their children and society.
Snug Architects were appointed to design Hope Street, Hampshire with a
brief to start from first principles. Hope Street is not an evolution of an
existing custodial facility but a different service supported by a different
architectural approach.
Conceived as a ‘home’ rather than as an ‘institution’, and using trauma
informed principles, the design has sought to provide a safe and welcoming
environment that builds trust with women and their children.
Hope Street was opened by HRH The Princess of Wales in June 2023
Ben Mitchell & Kate Hodson

Ben Mitchell & Kate Hodson
Principal Ecologist & Associate Director – Sustainability | Ministry of Justice & MACE

'Embedding Sustainability into New Prison and Prison Expansion Projects'

The presentation will provide an update of the sustainability progress of the New Prisons and Prison Expansion programmes, in particular the Net Zero Carbon by 2050 target, aspirations for BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ on new buildings and ensuring 10% Biodiversity Net Gain across the estate. Achieving sustainable development is certainly a challenge when you are faced with affordability pressures and tight project programmes, but the presentation will provide an overview of how sustainability can be successfully embedded into projects to avoid delays and ensure value for money.
Simon Bode

Simon Bode
Senior Architect | Ministry of Justice

'Custodial Accommodation within England & Wales’

An overview of the portfolio of work which Ministry of Justice Property Directorate encompasses across the custodial estate in England and Wales, highlighting the various building types which require holding facilities and secure residential accommodation including prisons, youth custody, probation, courts, immigration, Police and Border Force and our relationships with other Government departments.
Outlining the varying degrees of connection between these custodial typologies and the role which the MoJ Property Technical Standards team plays in upholding, administering, managing, and educating on key design aspects such as security, robustness, ligature-resistance, and rehabilitation.
Steven Lennon

Steven Lennon
Head of Justice & Emergency Services | HLM Architects

‘Designing for Stressful Environments - a therapeutic approach to rehabilitation’

HLM have worked across the full breadth of the Justice Estate over the last 20 years from open prisons to high security facilities and have had particular experience in developing bespoke responses to designing in stressful Environments.
HLM will discuss the use of thoughtful design to develop therapeutic environments that allow prisoners to address their offending behaviour to aid rehabilitation and to reduce reoffending.
Helena Pombares & Jenny Curtlin

Helena Pombares & Jenny Curtlin
Prison Architect Specialist & Director | Pick Everard

‘Changing the Status Quo of the UK Custodial Design’

As Lead Designer for Fosse way, we have played a central role in the delivery of a multi-purpose, free-flow, modernised custodial estate designed to enable prisoner reform.
Fosse way was planned to promote supervised interaction between prisoners, as well as several initiatives that allow them to gain new skills that will boost employment opportunities upon their release.
The interior design has been closely considered, applying biophilic and salutogenic principles to support wellbeing and strengthen the identity of each space. It is a modern, sustainable custodial estate, working to BREEAM excellent standards, which, following its planned extension, will become one of the biggest prisons operating in the UK.
We will explore details of the project and the importance of salutogenic architecture in custodial facilities.
Erica Helmetag Coles

Erica Helmetag Coles
Associate Director | Corstorphine & Wright

‘Treating Everyone Fairly: 4 years of learning’

The environment in which we work can have a profound effect upon our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. As architects, it is our job to create spaces that account for this and recognize how simple decisions in design can manifestly change the experience of any given user.
This presentation will draw on what I have learnt over the last 4 years of working in the sector and reflect on why what we do is so important. It will consider our understanding of spaces and the process of creating them. Giving thought to the briefing process, how spaces are occupied and the components that come together to make the environment. 

Limited complimentary places available