Sam Brougham is the founding partner of the practice, which he established in 2010. With a background in architecture, Sam now specialises in sustainable design. His strategic input at project inception, his legislative and technical knowledge, and his experience of working with a range of clients and procurement processes proves invaluable to the success of each project. Sam is a SAP Assessor, a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor and recently completed a Permaculture Design Course at the Permaculture Association.
Catherine Skelcher joined the practice last year. She specialises in public projects and participatory processes, and her ability to build effective working relationships with complex multi-stakeholder groups has been key to the delivery of a number of award winning projects. Catherine has been a Cabe Enabler, a Civic Trust Assessor and is currently Director of Year 2 at The University of Sheffield School of Architecture.
Pennine Sustainability is run by Sam Brougham and Catherine Skelcher, who met whilst studying together at Cambridge University in 1998. Between them they have worked for a number of awarding winning practices including Witherford Watson Mann Architects, PRP Architects, Eric Parry Architects and Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture.
We believe that a shift is required in how we design, procure, build, inhabit and dispose of our built environment. We reject narrow interpretations of sustainability and are committed to making beautiful and effective architecture that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. We draw on a range of skills to provide a ‘joined up’ approach to architecture and sustainability.
We enjoy collaborating with others and in addition to the services we provide ‘in house’ we have links with cost consultants, engineers, ecologists, energy specialists, and researchers from a range of fields, allowing us to provide input from the outset, ensuring an integrated approach.
Designing sustainable, resilient architecture should be intuitive. However the requirements imposed by climate change legislation are ever changing and increasingly complex. Often regarded as little more than an expensive inconvenience, the often conflicting layers of local and national regulations has spawned a reactive and sometimes illogical culture of design. Pennine Sustainability can provide specialist input both detailed and strategic to help developers and designers navigate these challenges creatively and economically.