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2020 Speakers

“Wellbeing in the school estate”

Claire Barton, Partner; Haverstock

This talk will focus on the consideration of young people with SEMH and the need for their environments to consider their wider wellbeing. We will consider pedagogies such as “restorative practice” and what this means for design, together with the greater need for a variety of different therapies around the young people and again how this influences the design of schools and places of learning for young people with SEMH.

“PSBP II – Mildenhall Academy and Mildenhall Hub”

Chris Holder, Associate Partner at Baily Garner & Edward Thomas, Director of Estates and Procurement at Academy Transformation Trust

With improving the Education Estate in the UK moving up the Government’s agenda, following the announcement for a new school improvement programme and commitment to 50 projects supported by over £1 billion.  Ed and Chris will present their experience of the previous Priority School Building Programme. From the successful application to secure funding for the refurbishment of the main teaching block at the Mildenhall Academy, to negotiating £14.8M for a new 1350 place academy in Mildenhall.  This is an integral part of a wider £40M Community Hub supported by the Cabinet Office’s One Public Estate initiative to bring all public services under one roof.

“Practical Guide to Sustainability”

Matthew Edis, BREEAM Assessor/ Low Carbon Consultant; Sustainable Construction Services  &
Bernard Doyle, Principal Architect & Managing Director; View Architects

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important KPI for publicly funded building projects. Many funding streams require compliance with specific performance criteria, such as BREEAM, to qualify for funding which requires upfront investment in consultants and decisions made at early stages affecting the whole design.

This seminar looks at how best to negotiate this process with the understanding that the early project stages will be progressed speculatively with very limited funds until funding is confirmed at a much later stage of the project.

The seminar will provide useful advice and guidance using examples taken from recent education projects of different sizes. The seminar would be suitable for anyone who is considering a project where sustainability is likely to be a key performance indicator, or where the client, or other stakeholders have a specific interest in sustainability.

“Millfield Sports Centre – Innovative Technology – Paragon Sprung Structures “

Nigel Marcoolyn, Director of Architecture; Cowan Architects

We have recently completed two world-class sporting buildings at Millfield School, for an indoor cricket centre and golf academy. The two centres enable high quality, state of the art teaching within simple but high quality buildings that are well insulated, acoustically good, provide good natural day lighting and are highly air-tight. They have also been highly praised by the ECB and short listed (though now postponed) for the education building of the year (by SBC).
The buildings themselves offer all of the advantages of a traditional building, such as the permanence, life-time guarantee, ability to fit-out, type of accommodation and space; with additional advantages as standard including BREEAM excellence, SE compliant natural light, enhanced insulation, greatly reduced weather noise, lightweight construction (reducing groundworks), up to 60% saving on construction time and up to 50% cost saving.
Design wise Sprung offers further huge advantages. One client we are working with has gained 200sqm of additional floor area within the same envelope for only £250/sqm.

“Department for Education driving Modern Methods of Construction”

Scott Tacchi, Head of Modern Method of Construction, Department for Education.

Scott Tacchi, Head of Modern Methods of Construction, Department for Education will be giving a presentation on how MMC is being integrated as core strategy for delivery of modern schools. At the beginning of January, the Department for Education (DfE) launched its new £3bn DfE Offsite Framework, also known as the MMC1 framework, following completion of the evaluation of tenders.

The new framework is next step in the evolution of offsite construction of school buildings following on from the previous successful DfE Modular frameworks. The framework will utilise the next generation design in standardised school design which builds on earlier component design approach to offsite construction and incorporates the changes to the standard Output Specification (OS).

Limited complimentary places available