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A Buildings, Design & Specification event

Wednesday 14 September

The first day of the event is all about the role construction has to play in the education sector looking at everything from primary schools to higher education facilities.

In our first session we will be looking at the deliverability of the government’s school rebuilding programme, while the second session of the day will zero in on what the future looks like for higher education estates.

Explore the day’s agenda below


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How can construction deliver the school rebuilding programme?

The School Rebuilding Programme, launched in 2020, carries out major rebuilding and refurbishment projects at school and sixth-form college buildings across England, with buildings prioritised according to their condition. The programme is committed to delivering projects at 500 schools over the next decade. With 161 schools already confirmed and that number expected to grow to up to 400 in the financial year 2022-23 there is no shortage of work to go around. But what does the construction industry need to do to achieve the task?

In this session our panel of experts will discuss the role MMC must play in the delivery of new and upgraded schools, what net zero means for the programme and whether current inflationary pressures are a risk to the schemes. They will also discuss how the broader education estate can be future proofed moving forward.

Speakers include:

Chair: Chloe McCulloch
Editorial director
Assemble Media Group
Mark Brown
TG Escapes
Raynee De Zoysa
Strategic growth manager
Joe Shepherd
Education sector lead

What do higher education estates look like in a post-covid world?

Over the past two years the way in which we all work has undergone a seismic shift – and the higher education sector is no exception. Plenty of courses have moved from full time face-to-face teaching to a more hybrid approach, while the needs of staff have also changed significantly.

In this session our panel will examine how higher education estates can deliver what both staff and students need in the post-pandemic world. They will also discuss the role net zero goals play in what future higher education estates will involve and how existing campuses can be reworked to meet evolving sector needs.

Speakers include:

Chair: Thomas Lane
Group technical editor
Assemble Media Group
Matt Cartwright
Twelve Architects
Mark Evans
Director of architecture
Broadway Malyan
Helen Groves
Head of education


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School design: Empowering the team

The delivery of public sector school programmes has hugely prescribed outcomes, tight timescales and limited budgets. Working with the right team in an environment of trust produces successful buildings, mitigates risk and can inspire improved education performance. 


In this session, hosted by Ryder Architecture, the panel will look into the challenges involved in the school design journey through the viewpoint of the stakeholders and their differing expectations for the design journey, and how these can be overcome.  We will also explore the role played by the design team in fulfilling demands within the project constraints and how often opposing drivers are balanced and compromised. 


Speakers include:

Chair: Richard Wise
Ryder Architecture
Co-chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Sue Aviston
Head of school organisation and resources
Northumberland City Council
Neil McIntyre
Project management lead
Dumfries Learning Town Phase 2
John Scahill
Pre construction manager
Natalie Thorne
Business manager
Whitley Bay High School

Thursday 15 September

On the second day of our Winning Work in Education and Healthcare event we focus in on healthcare.

Two key elements will be examined across the day the first of which is part of our Carebuild initiative, which focuses on specialised later living and specialist care housing. We will also be examining how construction can balance the backlog of work needed to bring the NHS estate up to scratch and building 40 new hospitals by 2030.

Explore the day’s agenda below


How can the challenges that stop later living projects getting off the ground be tackled?

The potential for growth in the later living sector is huge. While there are 5.4 million people over the age of 75 in the UK, only around 90,000 purpose-built later living units have been built. And the gap between supply and potential demand looks set to get even bigger over the next few years as the population ages, increasing the number of people looking to move into more specialist homes.

In this session our panel of experts will discuss all the challenges facing the sector, including funding, and planning blockers, as well as exploring how they can be overcome. They will also discuss the opportunities the sector presents from not only a business perspective, but also a social value viewpoint, as well as what the adult social care reform white paper means to the sector.

Speakers include:

Chair: Carl Brown
Head of content
Assemble Media Group
Alex Child
National head of planning
McCarthy Stone
Amy France
Head of later living
Ed Gladman
Managing director
Adlington Retirement Living
Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald
Non-executive director

Balancing act: How can the industry manage both the New Hospital Programme and NHS estate maintenance?

The NHS estate is in some serious need of repair and maintenance. The latest Estates Return Information Collection statistics show the NHS’ maintenance backlog has increased to £9.2bn – meaning a huge among of construction work is needed. To add to the workload for construction, the industry will be charged also delivering 40 new hospitals by 2030. 

In this panel our speakers will discuss what the industry needs to do to not only tackle the maintenance backlog but also build the New Hospital Programme across the next eight years. They will explore how industry can tackle the workload, new innovations within the sector that will enable it and plenty more.

Speakers include:

Chair: Jordan Marshall
Special projects editor
Assemble Media Group
Nick Abbey
Frameworks director for construct
Guy Barlow
Joint managing director
The Manser Practice
Victoria Head
Head of programme and project management
Abbie Romano
Platform healthcare lead
The Manufacturing Technology Centre

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