People News

Our People: Tom Davies.

26/05/2021

Letting the outside in.

I joined Hoare Lea in…

…January 2020 having previously worked for other consultancies in the industry.

I’ve got a fairly diverse background; before university I was an apprentice truck mechanic; I’ve lived and worked in New Zealand; and I used to be a semi-professional rugby union player.

I’m now an Associate Mechanical Engineer…

…and I design buildings that keep internal spaces comfortable while maximising their energy performance. I find my job so rewarding as I have a positive influence on our collective environmental impact.

I have been fortunate…

…to work on many great projects during my career and my time at Hoare Lea.

One that stands out is the recently completed Lighthouse Laboratory in Plymouth. This was an amazing experience as the COVID-19 testing lab was operational within months of the project being conceived.

It truly demonstrated the power of effective and efficient teamwork, and the opportunities that exist when we collaborate across our offices, geographically separated but with a common purpose

I became interested in biophilic design…

… several years ago. This concept aims to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment.

Biophilic design has enormous potential and can enhance our relationships with buildings and, ultimately, improve our wellbeing.

I am involved in a ground-breaking project in Swansea called Biophilic Living. This is a mixed-use scheme that incorporates many pioneering strategies, including an aquaponic urban farm, paving the way for future homes.

This project will help showcase biophilic design, and I hope that in the future we see this become common practice.

Biophilic design is important…

… as replenishing our diminished connectivity to nature can lead to vast improvements in our creativity, energy, productivity and all-round wellbeing. But in tandem with this, plants can also be used for cooling methods.

Nature-based solutions such as these must be a focus if we are to successfully tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

In my spare time…

… I love staying active as I find it helps my personal wellbeing. I try to cycle, swim or surf whenever I can, and my wife and I love to grow our own garden produce. I’m also a passionate musician and I love to play live music. I have also recently become a crew member at Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat Station.

I have also set myself the challenge to wild swim every day in 2021.

Thankfully I’m often joined by my two children, who are 8 and 6. You can find out more about why I’m doing this here.