Spotlight on education buildings in Scotland at new event

Policy professionals are set to gather for the first Education Buildings Scotland exhibition, conference and awards dinner

The inaugural Education Buildings Scotland Exhibition & Conference, which will be held later this year in Edinburgh, will bring together a range of stakeholders to discuss ideas, challenges and solutions for the design, build, management and maintenance of education buildings in Scotland.

The two-day event will take place on November 21 and 22 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and is being delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government.

Education Buildings Scotland will see professionals from across the early years, schools, colleges and universities sectors coming together under one roof to promote best practice. The event is aimed at a wide range of visitors from across the education sector including head teachers, business managers, educationalists, architects, estates and facilities directors, chief executives, directors/heads of education, heads of service/resource/property, local and national government, construction industry professionals, contractors, developers, advisors and the wider education supply chain.

Event sponsors include Morrison Construction, Portakabin, VELUX and Scott Brownrigg.

A Keynote Stage in the exhibition hall will host a number of speakers including Paul McGirk, Chief Executive at hub South East; John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills; Joyce White, Chief Executive of West Dunbartonshire Council and Barry White, Chief Executive of Scottish Futures Trust.

A series of 16 conference sessions will also be held across the two days. Examples include Value of Good Design, which will be chaired by Andy Dailly, the Scottish Government’s Head of School Building, with speakers Steven Quinn, Assistant Director of Renfrewshire Council, and Henry McKeown and Ian Alexander from jmarchitects.

Another session, Pupil/Student Experience, will ask what changes students would make if they were in charge of their university estate, while the Condition & Suitability of our Learning Environments session will focus on refreshing the current School Estate Core Fact Guidance for condition and suitability.

Coinciding with the event will be the Education Buildings Scotland Awards Dinner, which will be held on November 21 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The awards will celebrate “excellence and achievement in the industry” across a total of eight award categories: Inspiring Learning Spaces; Pupil/Student Experience; Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education Facility; Project of the Year; Client of the Year; Contractor of the Year; Architectural Practice of the Year and Consultancy of the Year. Welsh Rugby World Cup Referee Nigel Owens is the after-dinner speaker for the evening.

Event Director James Lee believes the time is right for Scotland to have its own dedicated event for education professionals: “There is no other event like this where Scottish education professionals will be coming together under one roof for two days. I look forward to welcoming you all at the EICC this November.”

The Exhibition is free to all visitors and delegates. The conference is complimentary for those directly employed in early years, schools, colleges, universities, national and local government and other public services in Scotland. Delegate rates apply for everyone else wishing to attend the conference. 

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