Atkins’ wellbeing experts are here to help guide you through the WellBriefing process
Philip Watson Design Director
Philip is an architect and Atkins’ UK regional design director, as well as the director responsible for the education sector. He is interested in exploring how design of the environment can positively impact on people’s lives, including their wellbeing. He is skilled in stakeholder engagement and enabling clients to realise their project ambitions. He is a visiting tutor at Sheffield Hallam and Leeds Universities.
“As designers we are aware of the need to create places and spaces that are uplifting and inspire us – that are light and airy, encourage social interaction and enable people to fulfill their potential.”
Caroline Paradise Head of Design Research
Caroline’s experience both in academia and the design &construction industry supports a research driven design approach resulting in innovative solutions. She works with clients and design teams to develop a clear vision and detailed brief which capture the aspirations for a project. Her PhD, which focused on the connection between daylight design and the physiological wellbeing of building users, has given her a deeper understanding of the impact of design on health and wellbeing.
“The process of designing for wellbeing needs to start at the earliest stage, at the development of the brief.”
Helen Groves Associate Director
Helen is an architect and associate director, leading the education sector in the south west and Wales. Helen is passionate about the importance of good design in education buildings: from the outset at the briefing and masterplan stages, through to the successful handover of projects. She is experienced in working with user clients to develop successful briefs which in turn create exciting and engaging learning spaces.
“Buildings for education are a powerful catalyst for developing future thinking, and as such it is critical that the brief is captured from the widest spectrum, especially including wellbeing.”
Cliff Grout Associate Engineer
Cliff is a building services engineer with 18 years' experience in design, construction and project delivery. Cliff has a keen interest in how buildings and their occupants interact, and how listening to end-user requirements can impact on the day to day lives of a building’s inhabitants. He believes making the correct design decisions at the beginning of a project is essential to make the building work.