6th – 8th June 2019

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Designing a Future Ready West Midlands / Birmingham

  • David Symons
  • Taz Shaikh


School of Jewellery


Thu 7th June @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm



The coming years will see huge investment in the buildings and infrastructure in the West Midlands. From HS2 to the extended Metro. From M1 and M5 motorway upgrades to the many Developments across Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton and the wider Midlands. Existing developments will need to evolve with changing climates, societies and technologies.

With many of these investments having design lives of over 100 years, how can we design our new infrastructure and buildings to be ready for the future?  How can existing assets be upgraded to meet future climates and needs?

This event will explore the key trends that WSP is expecting – from future society, technologies, climate and resources.  It will be an interactive and thought provoking event with plenty of opportunity for you to share your thoughts and insights, both on what future trends are most relevant and how the West Midlands can take action to get ready for the future.


David Symons


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David Symons leads WSP’s global Future Ready programme.  Future Ready helps WSP’s clients and staff see the future more clearly, and to design and deliver designs and strategies ready both for today’s needs and these future trends.

He’s a lively and engaging speaker who’s provided recent comment on future megatrends affecting cities to Sky News, BBC Radios Four, FiveLive and Two, as well as national print media.  Outside work he’s a keen distance runner and a rather less accomplished photographer.

Taz Shaikh


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Taz is the leader of U.K. Regional Markets and Gensler’s Birmingham office. He specializes in retail and lifestyle markets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with a particular expertise in managing and delivering complex, large-scale projects. Recognized as an inspiring and collaborative team leader, and for his ability to build and manage large teams, Taz runs his projects smoothly and efficiently to meet the critical time and functional requirements of developers and tenants alike.

He has worked with well-known brands worldwide, and strives to develop strong project strategies that result in successful destinations that achieve the ideal mix, balance and range of experiences. He recognizes the value of seeing every project from multiple viewpointscustomer, employee, developer and tenantto ensure that the expectations of all stakeholders are exceeded. Taz received a B.A. (Hons) in Architecture and a Diploma in Architecture from Birmingham School of Architecture.


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birmingham school of jewellery

School of Jewellery

82-86 Vittoria St
Birmingham, B1 3PA United Kingdom

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Located conveniently in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the School was founded in 1890. It is the largest in Europe, with excellent facilities and expertise to develop a career in the sector.

A blend of traditional historic and cutting-edge contemporary, The Vittoria Street building’s historical facade conceals a contemporary environment including workshops, a specialist library, an atrium gallery and exhibition space. The extensive refurbishment resulted in awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Civic Trust.

The venue is well located for anyone wanting to explore the Jewellery Quarter and discover its history.

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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Toilets
  • Accessible Toilets


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