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Education Estates focuses on the funding, design, build, management and maintenance of schools, colleges and universities across the UK.

Whether you are preparing for an upcoming project or looking for solutions and ideas to current challenges; Education Estates - the largest gathering of Education Buildings Professionals from across the UK, will enable you to achieve your objectives.

“The Education and Skills Funding Agency is fully supportive of Education Estates. This is a key industry event for the sector which provides best practice, the sharing of ideas, and a platform for discussion and debate.

A key focus for 2017 is the drive for greater efficiency and better asset management.”

Mike Green, Director of ESFA Capital for and DFE Commercial Education Skills and Funding Agency

Why should you attend? To source organisations in the exhibition that can help you achieve your development, refurbishment, or buildings maintenance objectives. To take advantage of the FREE* TWO DAY CONFERENCE PROGRAMME and benefit from the advice and expert opinions from industry leaders. To receive tailored advice and guidance for education projects. To listen, network and share best practice with your industry peers.

*The Conference is free for those directly employed in schools, colleges, universities and local authorities (includes governors & independent schools).

The Conference features over 70 speakers, with specialist content streams for Schools, Colleges & Universities and Asset Management & Maintenance. Lively and authoritative, it’s THE professional gathering for everyone concerned with education’s built environment.

Conference sessions include:

School Estate Management – What Does “Good” Look Like? This is a joint EFA Capital presentation by Catherine Jenkins, Head of Capital Efficiency and Capability and Victoria Baker, Head of Strategic Projects and Casework.

The presentation will outline the resources which the EFA is making available to promote good estate management by those responsible for managing school buildings (generally local authorities for community schools or academy trusts for academies and free schools).


The School Sites Challenge – Design and Build Implications - Claire Jackson, Education Director, Galliford Try

One of the key challenges for current and future school buildings programmes is the identification and acquisition of suitable school sites, to the extent that the Department for Education has now set up its own arms-length company, LocatEd, to source and acquire sites for new free schools.

The shortage of land, particularly in London and the South East, is leading to more sites with considerable challenges being developed for new schools, which has implications for the design and build process.

The range of issues affecting new sites includes working with existing planning policies and local challenges, transport considerations, constrained working areas including working around existing schools within temporary accommodation, contaminated land, poor ground conditions, flood considerations and achieving environmental standards with high levels of background noise.

Our presentation will look at case studies including:
Harris Invictus Academy, Croydon, designed and built for a Multi Academy Trust with a particular curriculum delivery philosophy, on a constrained urban site, sharing a live site with the temporary school, on a contaminated former hospital site which the local authority had identified to spearhead regeneration in West Croydon.

Watling Park Primary School, Barnet, built on a constrained site which was a designated ‘open space’, again sharing the site with the temporary school, bounded by railway lines and a neighbouring residential development with local traffic and transport constraints.

We will discuss how we have employed innovation and efficiency to overcome the challenges presented by difficult sites, the implications on the school’s design and for construction delivery; and consider lessons learnt for the future.

New School in the Green Belt – How We Did It - Jeremy Hinds, Planning Team Director, Savills

The King’s School in Macclesfield currently operates from its historic home of two split sites in either side of Macclesfield. Its strategic vision has been to relocate to a new, more efficient, single site that will meet its sporting and educational needs for the next 100 years. Delivering the vision is reliant on funding being raised through the sale of existing land, along with a deliverable planning permission for the new school.

On behalf of the King’s School, Savills Planning secured consent for the development of a new school in the green belt, along with the redevelopment of two existing school sites as enabling housing development. Savills provided planning and strategic advice and led the three major planning applications.

Working closely with the local planning authority, Savills secured positive recommendations on all three of the applications, addressing difficult and emotive planning issues including development on playing fields, heritage impacts on listed buildings, landscape, highways, and green belt. Savills evidence in relation to green belt matters demonstrated that very special circumstances existed in support of the schemes. The planning permissions will now enable the School to move forward with its strategic vision. The housing proposals will deliver much needed new homes in Macclesfield in sustainable locations close to the town centre and train station.

The 21,000 sq. m new school is on a 22 hectare site between Macclesfield and Prestbury and has been designed by architects Pick Everard. The residential proposals are for up to 450 new homes. Savills also undertook the Environmental Impact Assessment, viability assessment, master planning and landscape and visual impact assessments. Savills has been retained to market the residential sites to housebuilders.

To view the two day conference programme and the speaker list go to

Exhibitors that can help you achieve your development, refurbishment, or buildings maintenance objectives include: North West Construction Hub, Sports Facilities Group, Faithful+Gould, Kingspan Insulation, Pegasus Group, Galliford Try, Caledonian Modular, Trend Control Systems, McAvoy Group, Saint Gobain Ecophon, ATKINS, PAGABO, Turner & Townsend, Thorlux Lighting, Forbo Flooring, VELUX, Elliott Group, Mars Drinks, Screwfix and many more. If you’re interested in exhibiting email to view the floorplan.

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