Offshore Wind conference, Bristol UK, 10 May 2022

Foundation Ex 2022

Explore innovation. Exchange ideas. Expand minds.

A focus on how to scale, optimise and deliver in offshore windfarm foundations


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Foundation Ex is different.
Properly technical. Radically innovative.

Tickets are now available to buy 

Foundation Ex will bring together experts from across the world in a series of dynamic keynote talks and workshops, sharing knowledge on cutting edge technical innovation in offshore wind turbine foundations.

What to expect

A day sharing knowledge and celebrating success in the offshore wind industry

Taking place on 10th May 2022 at We The Curious on Bristol’s historic harbourside, Foundation Ex will take a closer look at how this is the decade that will see acceleration in offshore wind. 

The theme of the day

It’s time to scale, optimise and deliver

Now is the time to look to scale, optimise and deliver projects with lasting impact. Expect a high level of technical content from this niche specialism.

What makes this special

Learn from the experts

We will share progressive innovation and specialist knowledge from leaders in the industry, moving through each major stage of the project. We’ll promote discussion and debate around the upcoming challenges in the industry with the view to enabling collaborative problem solving.

Who will be talking?

Speakers and Moderators

A series of concise 15 minute technical presentations will be punctuated with breakout sessions and workshops to enhance the experience. We will have more than 30 speakers on the day and they will be added to the agenda as they confirm.

Karl Davis

Karl Davis

Empire Engineering

Julian Garnsey

Julian Garnsey

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm

Eric Fine

Eric Fine


Pete Andrews

Pete Andrews


The environment on the day

Networking and collaboration

Foundation Ex will harness cross-disciplinary understanding, networking and collaboration in an energetic environment to promote the sharing of new ideas, all with the aim to facilitate the smooth transition to renewable energy.

With this in mind we’re planning a sponsored drinks/food/networking event on the evening prior, follow by informal drinks on the evening of the conference.

Conference venue


We The Curious, 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5DB

We The Curious is a venue like no other. Situated on the historic Bristol harbourside, it is a bit like an indoor festival, with all sorts of different experiences, where you can interact with exhibits and take part in experiments.

It’s where boundaries are removed between science, art, people and ideas


We’ve intentionally kept the cost of attendance low to ensure the event is accessible to a cross section of our industry, providing an unrivalled opportunity to learn, make connections and share knowledge. 

Standard ticket

Includes entry to all talks, lunch and refreshments.

Academic ticket

Exclusive price for the academic community, including entry to all talks,
lunch and refreshments. Limited availability.

Our supporters

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Event producers

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Event sponsor

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Party sponsor

Got a question?



There is a wide variety of access available for We The Curious. These include:


  • Level access, with lifts to all floors
  • Fully accessible onsite car park, adapted pay stations and fully-automated doors onto Millennium Square – for vehicles over two metres high, due to height restrictions, please contact us in advance
  • Drop-off points for minibuses and coaches
  • Accessible toilet facilities throughout the venue including a Changing Places facility on the ground floor
  • Wheelchairs can be loaned for the duration of your visit (subject to availability)


    Bristol has a wide range of hotels available, with many in close walking distance of the M Shed and with good connections to Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol airport, and the centre.

    Empire Engineering have negotiated a preferrential rate at The Bristol Hotel for Foundation Ex guests. Please quote ‘Empire Engineering, Foundation Ex 2022’ and ask for the lower rate.

    BS1 4QF / +44 117 923 0333

    Other recommended hotels include:


    The conference is taking place at We The Curious situated on the Bristol harbourside.

    The venue address is:

    We The Curious, 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5DB

    Getting to the venue

    We The Curious is located on Bristol’s historic harbourside.

    • 5-10 minute walk from Bristol city centre
    • 25 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station
    • 20 minute drive from Bristol airport
    • 2 hour drive from London Heathrow airport
    • Major bus route goes by the front door with bus stop right outside the entrance
    • Ample cycle parking with racks

    Bristol airport

    Bristol airport is a 20 to 30 minute drive away. Taxis are available from the taxi office which is conveniently located outside the terminal building at arrivals. Alternatively, you can pre-book taxis .

    Bristol Flyer is an express bus service that connects Bristol airport with central Bristol. The service runs 24 hours daily, up to every 10 minutes. You can find further timetable schedule on their website. You can buy a ticket onboard or pre-book on Bristol Flyer’s website.

    Cancellation policy

    These terms and conditions apply to purchasing tickets to attend the Foundation Ex Conference 2022 organised by Empire Engineering Ltd, registered at Ground Floor 151 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, England, BS8 2RD. By purchasing a ticket you are agreeing to accept these terms and conditions.

    If you do not agree to accept the terms and conditions set out below, you should not purchase a ticket.

    If you have any queries relating to our terms and conditions, please contact us on before making a booking.

    Event booking and cancellation

    Cancellation of event

    In the unlikely event that Empire Engineering have to cancel the event, we will refund any pre-paid ticket costs. Empire Engineering shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individual delegates.

    Cancellation of attendance at an event

    If you are unable to attend an event and need to cancel a booking, let us know in advance and in writing by email to

    Where a ticket cost has been charged, you will be reimbursed as follows:

    • For cancellations up until midnight[1] up to six weeks prior to the event a 90% refund will be given.
    • For registrations cancelled after midnight after six weeks prior to the event, or for failure to attend the conference, no refund will be given.

    Alteration of event

    In the event that Empire Engineering may need to alter or postpone the event due to implications caused by Covid-19, Empire Engineering will provide further information as soon as possible to attendees. If the event is obliged due to specific Government restrictions to cancel we will do our very best to postpone the event to an alternative date. Ticket fees will not be reimbursed if the event is postponed but will be valid for the rescheduled date.

    Empire Engineering will endeavour to hold Foundation Ex virtually if the conference is unable to be held in person or successfully postponed due to Covid-19 related events. In this eventuality refunds or part-refunds will not be processed, but instead donated to a charitable cause. Empire Engineering shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individual delegates.

    By purchasing a ticket you acknowledge the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the UK and accept any obligations to comply with any official guidance from the UK Government. 

    The ticket holder acknowledges that COVID-19 may require the event to take one or more of the following measures for the safety of staff and attendees:

    – Impose maximum attendee numbers at the event, which may differ to previously advertised;

    – Limit food and/or drink availability, or change the means by which either are served;

    – Impose specific requirements regarding personal protection equipment such as the wearing of masks (unless exempt), or specific safety measures such as social distancing procedures;

    – Alter the format of the agenda to permit safety measures to be implemented successfully;

    – Limit, cancel or postpone any planned entertainment;

    – Designate alternative entrance and exit routes.

    Conditions of attendance

    You must comply with instructions and directions given by staff, stewards and agents of the venue and Empire Engineering and any applicable policies and procedures of which you are notified.

    We reserve the right to refuse access to, or remove any delegate from the event who, in our reasonable opinion has, or is likely to affect the enjoyment of the other delegates, in our reasonable opinion is acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or who uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or who behaves in a manner which may cause a breach of the peace.

    Recording disclaimer

    During the event we may do one or all of the following:

    • Take general photographs
    • Record all audio output from the event
    • Video record the event proceedings
    • Live stream selected event proceedings

    Any subsequent photographs or recordings may be used in future Empire Engineering publicity materials only. All video and audio recordings and photographs will remain the property of Empire Engineering. By submitting this registration form, you are agreeing to the photographing and/or recording and/or filming of the proceedings, as described above, being made for future dissemination by Empire Engineering and third parties within whom it works in partnership.

    If you wish NOT to be photographed or video recorded, please let the organisers know on arrival.

    Limitation of liability

    Personal arrangements including travel, accommodation or hospitality relating to any Empire Engineering event which have been arranged by you are at your own risk.

    Neither Empire Engineering nor the venue will be responsible for any loss, theft or damage to your personal belongings, other than caused as a result of our negligence or that of the venue or other breach of statutory duty by us or the venue. Any such liability that arises shall be limited to a sum equal to the cost of the ticket purchase paid.

    You will be responsible for paying for any damage which you cause to property at the venue including the cost of additional cleaning where charged by the venue.

    Nothing in these terms and conditions will operate to limit or exclude liability of each party for death or personal injury arising out of its negligence, or for its fraud nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

    Subject to the paragraph above, in no circumstances will either party be liable to the other party for any loss of business, revenue, profits, anticipated savings or goodwill (whether direct or indirect) or for any indirect, special or consequential loss, arising out of or in connection with these terms and conditions and the event.

    Health and safety

    You must comply with all relevant legislation relating to health and safety and with any safety announcements and Venue regulations of which you are made aware whilst attending any Empire Engineering event.

    Force majeure

    For the purposes of these terms and conditions, “force majeure” means any cause beyond our reasonable control including, but not limited to, war, acts of terrorism, governmental requirements, acts of local or central government or other competent authorities, acts of God and industrial disputes.

    We will not be liable to you for failure to perform any obligation under these terms and conditions or in relation to your booking to the extent that the failure is caused by force majeure.


    [1] All times given as GMT


    Car parking

    The nearest parking is in Millenium square (BS1 5LL), directly opposite the venue. Alternative car parking can be found at Whapping Wharf (BS1 4RH) and The Grove (BS1 4RB).

    You can find more car parks on the TravelWest website.

    Catering and refreshments

    Lunch and snacks will be provided. Freshly brewed coffee, tea and infusions will be available throughout the day. Please confirm when booking if you have any dietary requirements.

    We’re expecting many of our delegates and presenters to arrive on the Monday evening and depart on the Wednesday morning, so we’re planning sponsored drinks on the Monday evening and informal networking on the Tuesday evening. Details will be shared closer to the conference.

    Code of conduct

    Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties and online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

    Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

    Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

    If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

    If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

    We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and conference-related social events.


    A cloakroom will be provided on the day, but this may not be manned at all times. We take no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.


    Refreshments and lunch will be served throughout the day. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know when you register.


    Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the venue. Please leave the building and move to the harbourside if you want to smoke.


    Wi-fi is available throughout the venue.