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Year on year we share best practice creating an inspiring community for those delivering primary, secondary and tertiary education buildings and facilities.  We have limited number of speaker slots still available and would like to hear from you.

Your chance to present at ebf 2019

We are inviting submissions to present at this year’s education building forum.
The theme for this year is:  “Healthy & Sustainable Schools – the key to better learning”
Topics we are hoping to include:

Modular schools & Modern Methods of Construction
Outdoor learning & connecting with nature/biophilia
Designs & facilities that promote pupil wellbeing
Flexible learning spaces
School design that supports SEN
Learning environments that inspire creativity, concentration & motivation
Addressing the shortage of school places
Sustainable schools;  including Passivhaus/BREEAM/WELL & LEED

Competition to speak at ebf is always high.  So please email a short synopsis of your proposed subject to brittany@eb-forum.co.ukby by Friday 26th July..

2019 Speakers
"Healthy & Sustainable Schools – the key to better learning"

“The new Trinity Business School – Building best in class on time, on budget”

Greg Power, Head of Capital Projects & Planning, Trinity College, Dublin

The new 14,000 sq.m. Business School in Trinity College Dublin is an exemplar teaching and research building in the heart of the city, and delivered in May to NZEB and BREEAM Excellent standards, utilizing BIM Level 2 throughout. Greg Power is Trinity’s Head of Capital Projects & Planning and will give us his insights in delivering this project from start to finish.

“Designing ‘experienced based’ learning spaces “

Mark Ellson, Director, Holmes Miller. 

Holmes Miller will present three projects, covering early year’s provision, primary and secondary school buildings, where the project brief and accommodation schedule has been developed to marry with the curriculum and school requirements.

In each case, the building’s presented offer innovative and immersive teaching spaces for pupils and staff, and demonstrate how, through designing to align with the curriculum, more creative solutions can be generated, whilst maintaining value for local authorities and school trusts.

‘More than just classrooms’.

Richard Jobson, Founding Director, Design Engine.

Over recent years the demand within secondary schools to create non specific teaching spaces has grown expotentially. Whilst this has been true within the University Sector for some considerable time it is increasingly apparent that in order to better prepare students in 6th form for life at university there is a need to design and build spaces which allow students more autonomy and responsibility mimicing many of the ‘blended’ learning spaces and study common areas previlant in Universities.

“Sustainable development – making the most of your estate.”

Victoria Turner, Associate Director, Levitt Bernstein

A common thread within Levitt Bernstein’s portfolio is the innovative use of design to maximise space and create new amenity in previously disused corners of school and university estates. Many of these facilities, from flexible learning areas to recital halls, have added real value to staff and students by providing spaces outside of traditional classrooms. Our presentation will focus on how this approach is sustainable in the sense that schools are not expanding their estates – instead making most of their existing stock and rationalising space accordingly.

“How can building schools connected to nature have a positive impact on learning”

Jerry Tate, Partner, Tate Harmer

The importance of all estates and the need to improve pupils learning experiences and how creating educational buildings closer to nature can have a positive impact on learning outcomes.

“Delivery of the largest Passivhaus Secondary School and Passivhaus Plus Zero carbon primary school”

Nico Tempelhoff, Construction Project Manager, Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon will be providing an overview and insight of what Passivhaus is and how they have successfully delivered the largest Passivhaus Secondary School and the first Passivhaus Plus – Zero Carbon Primary school in the UK.

Nico will be explaining the key challenges that they have encountered and how to overcome them. What the key elements are to deliver a Passivhaus building and the essential management processes that they have established to ensure the successful delivery of these projects.

“Urban Schools : Designing for High Density.”

Helen Taylor RIBA, Director of Practice, Scott Brownrigg & Dr Sharon Wright, Senior Associate, the-learning-crowd

Education is often a test bed for new and innovative ways of delivery where land is in short supply and funding is limited.  We will look at how the city can continue to provide the best education experience for children when space is tight.  We challenge the preconception that repurposing existing buildings, creating multi-storey schools and developing mixed use buildings, where education is not the only occupier, are poor options.  We also look at the impact of digital learning, and the need for external spaces that ensure children maintain their relationship with outdoor learning and social space for health and wellbeing. 

“How can we make our schools look and feel truly accessible to all?”

Kate McGechan, Associate, Haverstock & Jane Simpson, Director, Jane Simpson Access

Kate and Jane have are both architects and inclusive design consultants, who are actively involved in addressing issues of equality and inclusion in the built environment. They will explore three themes that are key in the creation of a truly inclusive school environment.
Using case studies, they will explore the importance of legislation, design standards and the brief.
• What is an inclusive school environment?
• Accessible school environments are more than just physical access or SEN.
• Ultimately this is about how a space makes us feel. And how do we feel in it?

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