Training & Development

Committed to fostering continuous growth and development within our industry, our Continuing Professional Development programme is designed to keep you at the forefront of structural, civil and geotechnical engineering advancements, ensuring you remain competitive in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Walsh seminars, workshops, and training sessions are tailored for busy professionals. Our experts deliver the latest industry insights, cutting-edge techniques, and essential regulatory updates—enhancing your knowledge quickly and efficiently.

01. Tall Building Design: Standing out from the Crowd

How to ensure new high-rise living stock is sustainable, functional + adaptive to climate change

With a new focus on high-rise residential living, the construction of tall buildings is becoming increasingly common across the UK. Often more slender than commercial buildings, understanding how to design high-rise residential structures that are efficient, cost-effective and sustainable is key to their success.

Key learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the design approach for maximum efficiency of structural frames
  • Knowledge of best practices in providing a cost-effective + low carbon solution for tall towers
  • An understanding of design principles from stability analysis + damping systems, to foundation solutions
  • How to select materials effectively and incorporate future innovation 

Lead presenter:
Eoin Kelly

02. Reclaim, Repurpose, Renew: Reuse Trends

How to effectively reuse, retain + incorporate existing structures into new developments

Celebrating existing structures while providing buildable, efficient and sustainable designs is a balance between preserving history and embracing progress. Overcoming reuse challenges requires knowledge, creativity and collaboration.

Key learning outcomes:
  • Knowledge of best practices to understand the site’s history + the existing buildings
  • How to work with the structure + not force new build strategies or approaches
  • An understanding of the criteria required to reuse + repurpose structures
  • An understanding of the key considerations when proposing to change the use of specific building types
 Lead presenter: Garreth Joyce 

03. De-risking Sites + Dealing with Abnormals

How to ensure that site constraints do not constrain your development 

With ‘greenfield’ development being rare, modern construction projects invariably have to deal with third-party assets, which constrain the site and significantly increase complexities and costs. However, with a pragmatic approach focused on reducing risk, the impact can be mitigated to unlock the site’s full potential.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge sources + how to identify key constraints
  • Effective assessment of the impact on the third-party assets
  • How to manage third parties + limit the programme impact of approval processes
  • Effective solutions to limit the impact of constraints

Lead presenter:
Andy Stanford

04. Digging into the Known, not the Unknown

How to successfully investigate + manage ground conditions 

Every site has different and highly varied geotechnical and geoenvironmental conditions. Obtaining a greater understanding at an early stage of any detailed conditions can significantly reduce risk and avoid costly delays during the groundworks phase. This seminar will show how to get a better understanding of ground conditions and effectively manage these.

Key learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of common planning requirements relating to contamination + remediation
  • An understanding of the Basement Impact Assessment process
  • Common problems + how they can be resolved

Lead presenter:
Richard Ball

05. MMC: Thinking Outside the Box

How to harness innovation beyond modular construction

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are often associated solely with modular construction, but they encompass a wide array of innovative techniques. This workshop will explore the spectrum of MMC and how to use these methods to achieve superior results in your projects.

Key learning outcomes:

  • The pros + cons of MMC versus traditional onsite construction methods
  • Current trends and combining different techniques for optimal results
  • Harnessing technology-led design within the design process
  • Innovative + sustainable outcomes that promote environmental responsibility

Lead presenters:
Eoin Kelly  / Sarah FuBen Ransom

06. Managing Flood Risk: Making Space for Water 

How to engineer successful SuDS + manage flood risk

Sustainable drainage systems have become an essential part of development, required to reduce the impact on local sewers, waters and improve urban greening. With increasingly constrained urban development sites managing flood risk + incorporating SuDS needs to be even more inventive.


Key learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the ULK legislative + planning framework with regards to flood risk
  • How to effectively incorporate SuDS within the public realm + building envelope
  • How to design robust systems that adapt to changing conditions
  • An understanding of blue roofs + common misconceptions with regard to their use

Lead presenter:
Jacqui Kantor

07. Sustainability in Construction: Ensuring Intelligent Low-Carbon Solutions

How to achieve net zero targets through collaborative design + execution

As the construction industry faces increasing pressure to reduce its carbon footprint, achieving net zero targets by 2040 requires a collaborative approach to designing and executing projects that prioritises sustainability without compromising on performance.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Discover the importance of structural reuse + material recycling
  • Lean design principles + tailoring material specification to achieve lower carbon outcomes
  • Understand the importance of early contractor + supply chain engagement
  • Insights into carbon tracking throughout project delivery to measure + manage environmental impact


Lead presenters: Dr Marianne Brett / Alex Mead

08. Integrated Temporary Works: Maximising Cost + Carbon Benefits

How temporary works can provide financial savings + reduce environmental footprint

While some believe that “the best temporary works are no temporary works,” this workshop showcases that thoughtful integration of such works into the permanent structure, can offer significant practical and tangible benefits for projects.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Discover the importance of early coordination with the client + design team for seamless integration
  • Strategies for sequencing to minimise disruption
  • Real-world examples that demonstrate how to produce carbon savings
  • How to find a balance between cost + efficiency in project planning and execution 

Lead presenters:
Maddie Groves / Richard Ball

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Taking Sustainability Seriously

Sustainability is in our DNA and we have our own ambitious goals to achieve Net Zero as a business and with our designs. With innovative in-house monitoring tools, Walsh clients have seen on average reductions of 10-20% total embodied carbon, with some of our flagship work achieving 60-70% reductions compared with baseline figures.