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A Buildings, Design & Specification event

Wednesday 13 September


How can we accelerate the upgrade of the UK’s school estate?

Nearly two in five school pupils in England are being taught in buildings that have passed their intended design life and the government is spending less than half the money it says is needed to keep them safe, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).  

The NAO also warned around 700,000 pupils are learning in schools that the responsible body or the Department of Education (DfE) believes requires major rebuilding or refurbishment and that the DfE has no plan in place to achieve the 75% reduction in carbon emissions from public sector buildings the government has promised to achieve by 2037. 

In this session, our panel of experts will discuss what the industry can do to help improve the quality of the school estate. They will explore the challenges around funding, the role of frameworks in school building projects and what the sector itself can do to ramp up school improvements. 

Speakers include:

Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Andrew Dutton
Senior director, education sector leader
Nick Hayhurst
Hayhurst & Co Architects


What is the role of MMC in revamping the school estate?

The Department for Education has long been heralded as one of the most significant central government clients when it comes to driving the use of MMC offsite and on its projects. Given the challenges it now faces with the condition of its estate this may become key. 

Following on from the morning’s session, our panel of experts will discuss the role MMC has already played in the delivery of new and upgraded schools, how this can assist with net zero aims and whether the use of non-traditional approaches can help tackle the funding gap when it comes to the condition of the country’s schools. They will also discuss the importance of pipeline and what the sector needs to maximise the impact of MMC and offsite for education facilities. 

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Martin Harvey
Head of design and technical services
Jonathan Parker
Head of construction
Simon Reid
Managing Director
Lungfish Architects

Thursday 14 September


What does the revamped New Hospitals Programme mean for the industry?

Earlier this year the rebooted plan for the New Hospitals Programme (NHP), which was first announced in 2019 and set out plans to build 40 hospitals by 2030. The NHP is now using a modular design concept called ‘Hospital 2.0’ for at least 14 schemes. These will be built using standardised components and modern methods of construction, aiming for 25% faster completion.  

In this session our panel will explore what the approach means for the industry, how it will impact other major construction programmes and what it means for the future of modular and MMC moving forward. They will also discuss how the new-look programme differs from the original proposal and the challenges and opportunities this presents the sector. 

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Corin Godsmark
Health customer account director
Victoria Head
Commercial and performance director
Jamie Johnston
Board director, head of global systems
Bryden Wood


Unpacking the use of biophilic design and designing for wellbeing in healthcare
Biophilic design, a concept rooted in our innate connection to nature, has gained significant recognition for its profound impact on our health and wellbeing. Poorly designed healthcare environments exacerbate patient anxiety and have been proven to slow down recovery time — making it imperative to consider the use of biophilia in these projects.

In this webinar, we will hear from Martin Jones as he introduces the principles of biophilic design and guides us through the application of biophilia in healthcare settings. We will look to discuss the widespread benefits, various design approaches, and how to tackle implementation challenges via the use of case studies and examples of best practice.
Chair: Hollie Tye
Specification editor
Assemble Media Group
Martin Jones
Landscape architect director

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