7th — 10th June 2018

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Renew / Rebuild

  • Stuart Holt
  • Glenn Howells
  • Kim Quazi


St Paul’s Church


Thu 7th June @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm



Birmingham has an interesting history in its development and is still undergoing a momentous transformation.

The discussion of whether we should renew or rebuild our buildings is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. What buildings should be salvaged and restored? What is the place of new architecture and what form should it take?

A panel of varied speakers, all heavily invested in the changing shape of Birmingham, give their views and discuss where we should go from here.


Stuart Holt

Javelin Block

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Javelin Block

Stuart Holt is the Founding Director of Javelin Block, a design and build company that has been based in Birmingham and New York for the last ten years.

Javelin Block re-animates and restores industrial, historic and listed buildings with sensitivity, preserving the unique identity, heritage and integrity of each site.

Stuart is thought of as one of the leading lights in the regeneration of Birmingham and has spoken at influencer talks worldwide.

The Javelin Block headquarters are situated in the Jewellery Quarter at the Compound, a multi-RIBA award winning and Sterling Prize nominated industrial warehouse conversion that often plays host to the world’s leading creative organisations and individuals. Most recently it has welcomed Steven Spielberg and Warner Brothers, Facebook, Microsoft and Barclaycard.

Glenn Howells

Glenn Howells Architects

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Glenn Howells Architects

Since establishing Glenn Howells Architects 26 years ago, Glenn has built a strong reputation for designing innovative buildings and shaping areas of cities.

He has led the Practice, with studios in both Birmingham and London, to win numerous major design competitions, over 120 awards from industry organisations and built a portfolio of completed projects across a diverse range of building types. He has an overview of all aspects of the practice and regularly reviews all projects during design development and construction stages.

Glenn has been closely involved with shaping the future of some of Britain’s most complex and ambitious regeneration projects. The practice has provided masterplans that have prepared the way for billions of pounds worth of investment such as Paradise in the civic heart of Birmingham, the historic Chapel Street area of Salford and the Royal Wharf project in London Docklands. The Practice has recently worked on a vision for the entire Eastside of Birmingham, an area that’s set to be transformed by the arrival of the High Speed 2 rail link.

Outside of the practice, Glenn chairs the board of the Ikon Gallery and Warwick University’s Building Committee and sits on the advisory board of Birmingham Hippodrome and the West Midland’s regional architecture centre, MADE. Glenn continues to work closely with the RIBA and CABE where he was a member of the 2012 Olympic design review committee. In the academic field Glenn is an external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University and a lecturer at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales.

Kim Quazi

Director at Arup

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Director at Arup

Kim has significant experience in brief development, client and stakeholder engagement and technical delivery; he has a particular interest in the design of education, transport buildings and urban realm infrastructure.

In the transport sector he led the design development team for Kings Cross Station Western Concourse Mezzanine Building sitting under new curved roof to the west of the existing main train sheds. The complex gerometrail form of the mezzanine has bold tiled facade.The project is currently on site and due for completion in early 2012.

He has recently completed a study for HS2 demonstrating that a large scale High Speed Rail station can be successfully integrated into the Leeds cityscape.

Kim studied at the University of Edinburgh and joined Richard Rogers Partnership in 1992. He worked on a wide variety of projects including the Channel 4 Headquarters, extensions to Marseille Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 and a large residential scheme in Berlin for Daimler Benz.


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St Paul’s Church

St Paul's Square, St Pauls Square
Birmingham, B3 1QZ United Kingdom

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St Paul’s Church is a Jewellery Quarter landmark in the centre of leafy, tranquil, St Paul’s Square. Dating from 1777, the Grade I listed church was built at the same time as the Georgian Square that surrounds it – the last remaining Georgian Square in the city. The excellent acoustics and atmosphere make St Paul’s a distinctive venue.

St Paul’s Square is a nice place to relax and take in the surroundings – or to enjoy the many cafés, bars and restaurants in the area.

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Toilets


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