Watch Again: Fit for the Future

Key presentations from the Fit for the Future conference focusing on capital projects and the opportunities and challenges of climate change adaptation and mitigation for cultural and heritage buildings.


Sian Alexander, Executive Director, Lyric Hammersmith
Start time: 20:34

Building the Future: Panel Discussion

Start time: 31:03

Our cultural buildings are more than inanimate walls: they shape the performances they house and the experiences of their visitors, physically transmit values, and become symbols of their time and community. In both tangible and intangible ways, our built cultural estate outlines the creative industries’ relationship to the environment. What does this mean for the decisions we make on shaping, constructing, and maintaining our buildings, and what does it mean in the context of the Paris Agreement of limiting global temperature change to 2°C, preferably 1.5°C?


  • Steve Tompkins Founding Director, Haworth Tompkins
  • Katy Lithgow Head Conservator, National Trust
  • Simon Brammer UK Programme Manager, Ashden, and Founder of Fit for the Future Network
  • Chaired by Alison Tickell CEO, Julie’s Bicycle.

Breakout Sessions

Building Stories

Start time: 13:51 - 1:11:21

Hear from cultural organisations who have successfully implemented projects to make their buildings more sustainable - and learn from their vision and experience in translating ideas into reality. 

Case Study on Deborah House: award-winning re-fit of artist studios in East London with Anna Harding Chief Executive, SPACE Studios and Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.

Case Study on Sadler’s Wells with Britannia Morton Chief Operating Officer and Emma Wilson Director of Technical and Production at Sadler's Wells.

Chaired by Simon Brammer UK Programme Manager, Ashden and Founder of Fit for the Future Network.

People and Systems

Start time: 1:34:09 - 2:28:35

The best systems are only as effective as how they are used. And sometimes, no technology is the best technology. How can you maintain and continually improve the performance of your buildings? How do you make sure your technology is doing what it should? And how do you switch on your most valuable asset: your people?


  • Catherine Bottrill Creative Green Lead and Associate, Julie’s Bicycle
  • Keith Jones Environmental Practice Advisor, National Trust and Founder of Fit for the Future Network
  • Wayne Hitchings Energy and Sustainability Manager, Natural History Museum
  • Chaired by Alison Tickell CEO, Julie’s Bicycle.

Financing Change & Final Plenary

Financing Change

Start time: 8:20 - 56:35

From Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund to loans, investment returns, trusts, foundations, new crowdfunding models, and community shareholders: what are our new and old models of financing and how can they help us build the future we want?


  • Lynsey Rowe Senior Officer, Capital & Projects, Arts Council England
  • Paul Nicoll Senior Relationship Manager, Social and Cultural Team, Triodos Bank
  • Sian Alexander Executive Director, Lyric Hammersmith
  • Louise Wilson Founder & Joint Managing Director, Abundance Investment
  • Chaired by Stephanie Allen Head of Business Development, Creative United.

Final Plenary

Start time: 56:44 - 59:46

Closing remarks and summaries - Alison Tickell CEO, Julie’s Bicycle.

Sustaining Creativity