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architects in north lancashire and south cumbria

Lancaster and Westmorland Society of Architects

View details and sign up for LAWSA Design Events in Kendal here

View CPD events

in Lancaster


View SPAB Cumbria Maintenance Co-operative events here and SPAB National events here


Please note the new venue for 2016:

The MINTWORKS 124 Highgate, Kendal

see map below

Our aim at LAWSA is to champion better local architecture, communities and the environment.


We campaign for good design in our local area by organising publicity, exhibitions and talks that are open to design and construction professionals and members of the public.


The LAWSA DESIGN EVENTS  programme has been devised to present interesting, relevant and topical design seminars and events on a monthly basis with events based in Kendal.


Unless stated otherwise in the Eventbrite invitation, events will take place at lunchtime, starting at 12.30pm and lasting approximately one hour, on the last Wednesday of every month (excluding August and December). They are held in the MINTWORKS (next door to The Brewery Arts Centre) 124 Highgate, Kendal.  


The formal element of the event will be of approximately 60 minutes duration with time both before and afterwards for attendees to discuss the event or just have a chat. 


We are keen to encourage attendance by all who share an interest in the chosen topics. The events are not just for architects....everyone is welcome.


Invitations to our events are managed via To be included on the mailing list for events contact Phillip Hubbard at


Visit Eventbrite for more details of LAWSA Design Events.

january 27

Green Building Store


Mike Shufflebottom from Green Building Store will present a CPD Seminar on high performance windows and doors, including:


- U values and G values

- Frame materials

- Passivhaus requirements

- Optimum positioning of openings to minimise thermal bridging

february 24

DMA Safety Management Limited


A CPD presentation by Elsa Mason of DMA Safety Management Limited on

CDM 2015: the role and responsibilities of Principle Designer and how it affects you.

march 23

External wall insulation systems


Phillip Mattatia of Sto Ltd, will present a CPD seminar on ‘External Wall Insulation Systems’.The presentation will include discussion of:

- What is an external wall insulation system?
- What are the benefits of using EWIS?
- How EWIS can meet the requirements of Approved Document L of the Building

- Building to Passivhaus standards.

There will be a Q&A session at the end and samples available for appraisal.

april 27

Cross-laminated and Glulam structures

Greg Cooper of B & K Structures, and X-LAM Alliance's Engineering Manager, will present a CPD seminar on Cross Laminated Timber and Glulam Structures.


The session will include: what are CLT and engineered products and how are they manufactured?  the architectural, engineering, site and environmental benefits of using the products; thermal, acoustic and airtightness performance; fire resistance; structural forms and connection details; installation; chain of custody etc.


Derby-based B & K Structures and the Austrian-based CLT manufacturer, Binderholz, formed the X-LAM Alliance in 2011, bringing to the UK construction market a seamless and consistent way to supply CLT .

may 25

Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery
A CPD presentation by Green Building Store: 
Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery for Passivhaus and low energy projects

june 29

Rights of Light
A CPD presentation by MES Building Solutions:
Legal Rights of Light

july 27

Bat mitigation measures


John Martin has been working with bats for 31 years as a volunteer and latterly with his own company.  From his experiences and work  in the north west of England he will talk about the challenges faced with designing bat mitigation to the satisfaction of bats and clients.

Go to the Eventbrite link to sign up for the event here.

september 28

Window refurbishment and renovation


A CPD Presentation by Ventrolla:

Window refurbishment and renovation

october 26

Flat roofs and green roofs


A CPD presentation by Bauder:

Flat and green roof systems

november 30

A CPD Presentation on changes to Building Regulations 2016 by Justin Rickards, Building Control Team Leader at South Lakeland District Council. Changes include:

- clarification of the application of the approved calculations method for the energy

  performance of buildings.

- changes related to the competent person self-certification scheme.

- amendments to Approved Documents L1A, L2B, L2A, L2B.

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