Fourth Commission Hearing is being held on Tuesday 12th May at 5.30pm - 29 April 2015

We are pleased to inform you that the Green Commission will be holding its fourth hearing of evidence in public on Tuesday 12th May 2015. You are invited to join us from 5.30pm for a start at 6.00pm prompt. The event will be host by Sheffield University at the Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN.

The Green Commission will be co-hosting this hearing with Sheffield University. The focus of this hearing will be looking at Sustainable Design and Planning as well as having a 'Question Time' event at the end for public question (please read further down to find out more about this).

The expert witnesses who will be speaking at this hearing are:

David Rudlin, URBED

David Rudlin manages URBED (Urbanism Environment and Design) and also a director of the URBED Trust. He is a planner by training and started his career with Manchester City Council with responsibility for the early stages of the redevelopment of Hulme. He was also secretary of the Homes for Change housing cooperative, responsible for commissioning one of the flagship buildings of the Hulme Redevelopment. He also co-wrote the Hulme Guide to Development. He joined URBED in 1990 to manage the BURA award-winning Little Germany Action project in Bradford. Since then he has managed a range of high profile consultancy projects including the Oldham Beyond Vision and the Selby Renaissance Charter for Yorkshire Forward. He has also been responsible for private sector masterplans such as Temple Quay 2 in Bristol, The New England Quarter in Brighton and the 4,500 home Southall Gasworks masterplan in West London. He is the author of a number of research reports including '21st Century Homes' for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 'Tomorrow a peaceful path to urban reform' for Friends of the Earth and 'But would you live there?' for the Urban Task Force. This writing is summarised in a book for the Architectural Press. The second edition 'Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood' was published in 2009 and was described by Richard Rogers as 'the best analysis (he) had read of the crisis facing the contemporary city' and has also been published in China. Some of David's writings are also available on his Climax City blog.

David was a member of the CABE design review committee from 2002 to 2005 and a trustee of CUBE (the Centre for the Understanding of the Built Environment) in Manchester from 1999 to 2005. He is Chair of Beam in Wakefield, joint Chair of the Sheffield Design Panel and a founder Academician of the Academy for Urbanism. David recently won the 2014 Wolfson Economic Prize, answering the question 'How would you deliver a new garden city which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?’


Nigel Sagar, Senior Sustainability Manager, SKANSKA

January 2009 – Present (6 years 4 months)|Leeds / London

According to Skanska senior sustainability manager Nigel Sagar, the company’s aspiration is “to be seen as the leading sustainable contractor and developer”, and it has made public commitments to move towards what it calls a “deep green” or zero carbon world.


Gary Topp, Development Manager, Bristol Green Capital Partnership

Gary is a highly experienced CEO and manager in the sustainability, cultural and not for profit sectors. He specialises in delivering projects related to city and regional change agendas involving a range of public, private and third sector partners. He describes this as the ‘polymath’ space – the leadership space that is an interaction of various disciplines contributing to creating change and innovation. Gary has led several organisations through a process of change and reinvention in both executive and non-executive positions in the UK and Australia.

Eddie Murphy, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald

Edward is a graduate of University of the South Bank, London with a degree in Building Services.

He is a chartered building services engineer with a proven track record in design and project management of high profile low energy buildings. In his career to date he has been involved in the design and management of a number of award winning low carbon projects. Most recently he has turned his attention to closing the gap between predicted design and actual in use energy use in buildings. His team has just won the 2013 CIBSE Performance Award for the design and implementation of 2 St Paul’s Place for the DfE, considered now to be the lowest energy sealed and comfort cooled office building on the government estate. He has just embarked on a 2 year research programme with UCL Bartlett School to develop a radically different approach for pre and post occupancy evaluation of buildings to better inform designers’ decision making processes. Mott MacDonald is a world-class engineering, management and development consultancy delivering solutions that add value to many areas of everyday life - from transport, energy, buildings, water and the environment to health and education, industry and communications. Mott MacDonald is a wholly independent, employee-owned company with a turnover of £515 million, 9000 staff and work in over 100 countries.


The agenda for this meeting can be found here.

Please note: This is a hearing held in public rather than a public meeting, however we are running a short “Question Time” session as part of the event. This creates  an opportunity for you as a member of the public to put a question direct to the panel of experts. We do ask that questions are submitted in advance via our team email,, and the session will run according to guidelines which are included on the agenda. 


Places will be reserved on a first come first served basis for members of the public who have joined the Green Commission mailing list. If you would like to attend, please register by e-mailing .



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Venue Logistics:

University of Sheffield, Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN

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