Oliver Heath at Design Assembly South Wales 2017

As you’ve probably already seen, we’re hosting the very first Design Assembly South Wales event on Friday, November 10th.

For anyone working in the commercial interiors and office design sector, this is a fantastic opportunity to see RIBA-certified CPD presentations from renowned professionals and meet industry experts.

Amongst the guest speakers is someone who’s become a trusted voice of authority in the field of sustainable, architectural and interior design.

So we thought we’d tell you a little more about Oliver Heath.

Introducing Oliver Heath

You’ve probably seen him on TV, either as a representative for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) or on shows like DIY SOS.

He’s hosted seminars, events and awards ceremonies, including the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, and speaks at conferences up and down the UK.

Oliver has written three books and is a frequent contributor for the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, House Beautiful and BD Online.

At Design Assembly South Wales, Oliver will be sharing his extensive knowledge of biophilic design and discussing how it can create spaces with human nature in mind.

A global expert in biophilic design

Oliver Heath Design specialises in creating more productive, happier and healthier spaces to live and work in.

Focusing on improving health and wellbeing in the built environment, they work with their clients to deliver tangible and financial benefits to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits.

Oliver will be highlighting just how he does this when he comes to our ShowOffice in November.

Until then, here’s an example of how Oliver helped to design and install a biophilic space at the Interface showroom in London.

Biophilic Installation at Interface Showroom

Interface, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tiles, asked Oliver to create a temporary biophilic installation for Clerkenwell Design Week.

As part of their ‘Beautiful Thinking’ campaign, it needed to demonstrate various biophilic design principles and inspire visitors to use them in their office designs.

Situated in the basement of the showroom, the space previously featured blank white walls and was used as somewhere to eat lunch and have informal meetings.

Biophilic features of the new design included;

  • Plenty of natural light
  • A floor-to-ceiling vertical green wall
  • Large standing plants to enclose the area, creating private spaces
  • Two water wall cascades that create an entrance to the space
  • Soothing and tactile stone veneer wall tiles
  • Flooring which mimics a forest path
  • Office furniture made from natural materials
  • An atomiser releasing scents to help improve productivity

Some of the features were kept after the event and the space now gives Interface employees a calm space to relax during a busy day at work.

Meet Oliver Heath and other experts

You can find out more about the biophilic principles Oliver uses at Design Assembly South Wales.

You can also hear from other industry experts.

Dan Rossiter, the principal author of BRE’s BIM education material, will be talking about BIM Level 2 and the digitalisation of the building industry.

Martin Kessell, an Account Manager at Atrium Ltd, will be looking at the important relationship between lighting and colour in the workplace.

Need more reasons to come?

  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Architects can allocate CPD time
  • Only attend your preferred presentations
  • Easy to get to – 15 minutes from Cardiff
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Tickets are free
  • Chance to win two tickets to Wales v New Zealand rugby match




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