Prof. Russell Thomas


Russell is a Technical Director within WSPs Bristol office. He has spent his entire career looking at different aspect of the environmental legacy which the manufactured gas industry has left behind. As Chair of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers History Panel and co-editor of it publication Historic Gas Times, Russell is regularly involved in heritage related activities, most recently working on a project for Historic England on recording the manufactured gas industry. He has appeared on TV, authored, books, reports and numerous academic papers and been an invited speaker at conferences globally.

Russell has a visiting Professorship at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and a lectureship at the University of Manchester. Russell manages a variety of innovations projects in collaboration with these universities, which stretch from environmental applications of nanotechnology to research into environmental forensics.

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Realising Heritage Value Through Brownfield Redevelopment

The investigation and remediation of Brownfield land and the protection of our industrial Heritage do not always sit well together. The heritage value of derelict industrial sites can often be overlooked when industrial sites are to be returned to beneficial reuse, especially if the site lacks any form of heritage protection. This presentation will demonstrate approaches which acknowledge and embrace, rather than ignore the previous use of former Industrial sites. So that the heritage of an industrial site can add value to a local community, whilst enabling environmental legacy issues to be addressed.

Prof. Russell Thomas will be speaking in the following theatres:

Keynote Theatre - Thursday 15.30 - 16.00: Realising Heritage Value Through Brownfield Redevelopment